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The Stage Performance of The Eight Dog Heroes that Audiences Have Been Waiting For (Kankyaku machi Hakkenden no hatsu butai): Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as the Ghost (Rei) of Fuse-hime, Bandô Hikosaburô V as Inuyama Dôsetsu Tadatomo, Ichikawa Ichizô III

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MFA impressions: 11.40214VR (11.40214, 11.40897a-b), 11.45396.30 (complete triptych, creped) Mitate (imaginary casting). The actor known today as Mitsugorô VI was actually Mitsugorô V during his lifetime. It was later decided to award the name Mitsugorô V posthumously to his father Bandô...

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Nanajûhassai Toyokuni hitsu (on each sheet) 豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Boar 6 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô 改印: 亥六改 片田彫長


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, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 6th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 006-2248 (R), 006-2247 (C), 006-2246 (L)


Vertical ôban, creped; 20.3 x 14.8 cm (8 x 5 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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