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Shibochi: Actors Nakamura Kanzaburô XIII as Shibochi, Ichikawa Yaozô VI as the Priest (Oshô), and Nakamura Nakazô III, formerly Tsuruzô, as the Robber (Nusubito), from the series Auspicious Plays (Kotobuki kyôgen no uchi)

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Ôju Baichôrô Kunisada ga 応需香蝶楼国貞画


No censor's seal Blockcutter's mark: Hori Chô


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), 6th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 101-5864


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Medium or Technique

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