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Actors Bandô Takesaburô I, Bandô Shûka I (R), Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII (C), Iwai Kumesaburô III, and Nakamura Fukusuke I (L)

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MFA impressions: 11.44149a-c (with wisteria background, publisher Izutsuya), 11.44150a-c (with checked fabric background, no publisher).


Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 一陽斎豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 2 Blockcutter's mark: Hori Takichi


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), 2nd month


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.9 x 70.6 cm (14 1/8 x 27 13/16 in.)

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