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The Ôi River, between Kanaya and Shimada, from the Fifty-three Stations [of the Tôkaidô] (Gojûsan tsugi no uchi, Kanaya Shimada no aida Ôigawa): Actors Arashi Rikan III as Horse-driver (Mago) Kurige no Dôhachi, Ôtani Tomoemon IV as Akaboshi Daihachi, Ichi

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Play: Azuma Kudari Gojûsan Tsugi Theater: Kawarazaki


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 9 改、寅九


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, 1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 9th month


Vertical ôban diptych; 36.6 x 50.9 cm (14 7/16 x 20 1/16 in.)

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