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Actors Bandô Takesaburô I, Ôtani Tomomatsu I, Arashi Rikan III, Bandô Shûka I (R), Kataoka Gadô II, Iwai Kumesaburô III, Sawamura Tosshô II (C), Nakamura Fukusuke II, Arashi Kichisaburô III, Ichimura Uzaemon XIII, and Ichikawa Komazô VII (L)

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


Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 12 Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take, Yokokawa Hori Take (center sheet only) 改印: 寅十二、改 彫師: 彫竹, 横川彫竹 (center sheet only)


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), 12th month


Vertical ôban triptych; 35 x 74.5 cm (13 3/4 x 29 5/16 in.)

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