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The Syllable Ki: Actor Onoe Baikô 4.5 (later Jitsukawa Enjaku I) as Fukuoka Mitsugi, from the series Seven Calligraphic Models for Each Character in the Kana Syllabary (Nanatsu iroha)

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From a series collectively designed by Kunikazu, Enjaku, and Yoshitaki. The actor later known as Jitsukawa Enjaku I used the name Onoe Baikô from 1/1859 to 2/1863 but is not considered a formal member of the lineage; he falls between the official Baikô IV and Baikô V.


Kunikazu 国員


画家の印章: なし 版元: 石川和助 改印: なし


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, 1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 4th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 113; Ikeda 4, #618


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Medium or Technique

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