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Portraits from the Play Kagamiyama (Kagamiyama sugata no utsushi-ga): Actors Jitsukawa Enjaku I as Tsubone Iwafuji (R) and Ichikawa Udanji I as the maid Hatsu (L)

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Play: Kagamiyama Kokyô no Nishikie Theater: Chikugo


Yoshitaki hitsu (on each sheet) 芳瀧筆


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Meiji era, 1875 (Meiji 8), 5th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 122; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 5 (2005), #550


Vertical chûban diptych

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Medium or Technique

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