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Actor Ichikawa Danjirô VIII as Ebizako no Jû (TR), Bandô Shûka I as Mikazuki Osen (TL), Ichikawa Uzaemon XII as Takenoshin (BR), and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Benkei (BL), from the series Flowers of Edo Compared in Color Prints (Edo no hana nishiki-e kurab

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MFA impressions: 11.40330, 11.45096


Hanmoto no ôju Toyokuni ga (on TR and BR designs), Ôju Toyokuni ga (on TL and BL designs) 應需豊国画


Censors' seals: Murata, Mera


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, 1847 (Kôka 4), 11th month


Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.5 cm (14 x 9 5/8 in.)

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