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Shikan (Poetry Name of Actor Nakamura Shikan IV), from the series Seven Popular Idols of the Present Day, a Parody of the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove (Shichikenjin no mitate, Tôsei ryûkô shichi enjin)

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Kiô Toyokuni hitsu 喜翁 豊国筆(年玉印)


Censor's seal: Dog 1 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Chô 彫長


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, 1862 (Bunkyû 2), 1st month


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