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Okazaki, from the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi): Actors Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Ôe Inabanosuke (R) and Onoe Kikugorô III as Usuyuki Dayû (L)

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Diptych: 11.29152 (right), 11.45168 (left) Diptych jointly issued by two publishers, Yamaguchiya Tôbei (right sheet) and an unidentified publisher, possibly Yoshimiya Sonokichi (left sheet). Play: Ume no Haru Gojûsan Tsugi Theater: Ichimura


Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 五渡亭国貞画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1835 (Tenpô 6), 2nd month


Vertical ôban diptych; 37.3 x 25.7 cm (14 11/16 x 10 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.29152, 11.45186

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper