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The Subscription List (Kanjinchô): Actors Ichikawa Ebizô V as Togashi Saemon and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Musashibô Benkei, No. 18 from the series Eighteen Great Kabuki Plays (Jûhachiban no uchi)

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Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga 一陽斎豊国画 一陽斎豊国画(年玉印)


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, 1852 (Kaei 5), intercalary 2nd month

Catalogue Raisonné

VAriant design with different faces: Edo-Tokyo Museum, Edo kabuki (1995), #4-34; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 4 (1981), #88


Vertical ôban; 36 x 23.2 cm (14 3/16 x 9 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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