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Reeds (Yoshiashi): Actor Ôtani Tomoemon V as Inuta Kobungo, from the series Thirty-six Selected Flowers and Grasses (Sanjûrokkasô no uchi)

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Kunichika ga 国周画


No blockcutter's mark 丑七改


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, 1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 7th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 007-0783 (a different edition, with name Ôtani Tomomatsu)


Vertical ôban; 36.1 x 24.5 cm (14 3/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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