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Actor Sawamura Tosshô II as Ki no Jinzô, from the series Three-color Shading Made to Order (Oatsurae sandan bokashi)

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The MFA collection includes six different prints in the series, 11.42194 to 11.42199; but the series title appears only on 11.42195.


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


Censor's seal: Goat 5 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Shô 彫庄 未五改


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, 1859 (Ansei 6), 5th month


Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.1 cm (14 x 9 1/2 in.)

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