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The Old Story of the Kuwana Festival (Mukashigatari Kuwana matsuri no furukoto): Actor Bandô Shûka I as Tsuribune no Osan

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Play: Onoe Kikugorô Ichidai Banashi Shosa (musical number): Sono Tokiwazu Matsu ni Yukihira, with Tokiwazu music Theater: Ichimura


Ôju Toyokuni ga 応需豊国画


Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Hama 衣笠、浜


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) 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, 1847 (Kôka 4), 7th month


Vertical ôban; 40.5 x 27.2 cm (15 15/16 x 10 11/16 in.)

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Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper