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Tsuchinoe (No. 5 of the Ten Stems): Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Kan Shôjô, from the series Ten Superb Roles of Rikan Matched with the Ten Stems (Sakigake mitate jukkan)

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Nanajûhassai Toyokuni hitsu (on main image); Kunihisa ga (on inset) 七十八歳豊国筆、国久画


Censor's seal: Boar 8 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô


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), 8th month


Vertical ôban; 36.2 x 24.5 cm (14 1/4 x 9 5/8 in.)

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