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A Popular Ken Game (Ryûkô ken): Actors Onoe Baikô 4.5 (later Jitsukawa Enjaku I) as Isami's Son-in-Law (Hanamuko) Sashichi, Nakamura Fukusuke I as the Town Courier (Machi hikyaku) Komakichi, and Nakamura Tsuruzô I as the Provincial Samurai (Kunizamurai) G

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Play: Hatsu Dôchû Sugoroku Soga Shosa (musical number): Umegoyomi Tokiwa no Irozake, with Tokiwazu music Theater: Morita The actor later known as Jitsukawa Enjaku I used the name Onoe Baikô from 1/1859 to 2/1863 but is not considered a formal member of the lineage; he falls between the...

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Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche 豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Goat 2 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take 改印: 未二改 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: 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, 1859 (Ansei 6), 2nd month


Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 25 cm (14 3/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

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