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Pine: Actors Nakamura Fukusuke I as Asahina Tôbei, Comparable to Lu Zhishen the Tattooed Priest (Kaoshô Rochishin ni hisu) (R), and Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Ude no Kisaburô, Comparable to Wu Song the Ascetic (Gyôja Bushô ni hisu) (L), from the series A Mod

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Diptych (two left sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.15473 (left), 11.29737 (right) MFA impressions: 11.15472VR (11.15472, 11.15475, 11.42432); 11.15473VR (11.15473, 11.29737; two left sheets only)


Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 任好豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Horse 7 Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take 改印: 午七 彫師: 横川彫竹


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1858 (Ansei 5), 7th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kokubungaku kenkyû shiryôkan, ed., Zusetsu mitate to yatsushi (2008), pp. 77-9, cat. nos. 67 (R), 68 (C), 69 (L)


Vertical ôban diptych; 36.3 x 48.9 cm (14 5/16 x 19 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.15473, 11.29737

Medium or Technique

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