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Shun the Great (Dai Shun): (Actor Bandô Shûka I as) Gaku no Kosan, from the series Matches for the Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety (Mitate nijûshi kô)

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Imaginary performance (mitate).


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画


Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 10 Blockcutter's mark: Hori Koma 改、寅十 彫駒


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, 1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 10th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Tokyo Metropolitan Library db 5714-C121


Vertical ôban; 35.2 x 24.4 cm (13 7/8 x 9 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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