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Top: Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as Funahashi Jirozaemon and Bandô Shûka I as Manjiya Osano; bottom: Actors Sawamura Chôjûrô V as Fukuoka Mitsugi and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Oume, Daughter (Musume) of the Aburaya

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Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (above), Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (below) 一陽斎豊国画、 香蝶楼豊国画


Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Yoshimura No blockcutter's mark


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, 1849 (Kaei 2), 5th month


Two horizontal chûban designs on uncut vertical ôban sheet; 36 x 24 cm (14 3/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

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