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Actors Bandô Shûka I as Konjin Chôgorô (R), Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Honchô Tsunagorô (CR), Iwai Kumesaburô III as Hanaregoma no Chôkichi (C), Bandô Takesaburô I as Maboroshi Takeemon (CL), and Arashi Rikan III as Kanoko Kanbei (L)

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Pentaptych: 11.42148a-b (two left sheets), 11.44083a-c (three right sheets) MFA impressions: 11.42147a-e, 11.42148VR (11.42148a-b, 11.44083a-c)


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


Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Fukushima, Ox 6


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1853 (Kaei 6), 6th month


Vertical ôban pentaptych; 36.9 x 125 cm (14 1/2 x 49 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42148a-b, 11.44083a-c

Medium or Technique

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