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Lao Laizi (Rôraishi): (Actor Iwai Kumesaburô III as) Omiwa, with (Nakamura Kantarô and an unidentified actor as) Court Ladies (Kô no tsubone, Kan no tsubone), from the series Matches for the Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety (Mitate nijûshi kô)

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Imaginary performance (mitate). No publisher's mark on this impression.


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画


Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 6 No blockcutter's mark


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, Edo period, 1855 (Ansei 2), 6th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 005-0597


Vertical ôban; 35.1 x 24 cm (13 13/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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