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Actor Iwai Kumesaburô III as Fuguruma of the Ôgiya, from the series First Performance of the Year in the Misty Spring of Plum Blossoms (Ume no haru kasumi no hikizome)

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Kunichika ga, in toshidama cartouche 国周画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Dog 10 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Uemura Hori Yasu


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, 1862 (Bunkyû 2), 10th month


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