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Spring Dawn, a Shrine Visit on the Day of the Hare (Unohi môde haru no akebono)

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Actors, from right: Nakamura Utaemon III (Shikan) and Nakamura Matsue III; Ichikawa Danzô V, Fujikawa Tomokichi II, and Asao Kuzaemon II; Iwai Shijaku I and Arashi Rikan II; and three more actors.


Gyokuryûtei Shigeharu ga (on each sheet) 玉柳亭重春画


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, 1833 (Tenpô 4), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 100; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 2 (1998), #166


Vertical ôban tetraptych; 26.7 x 101.4 cm (10 1/2 x 39 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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