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Actors as the Five Manly Men (Gonin otoko): Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Gokuin Sen'emon (R), Iwai Kumesaburô III as Karigane no Bunshichi (CR), Ichimura Uzaemon XII as An no Heibei (C), Sawamura Chojirô V as Hotei Ichiemon (CL), and Ichikawa Ebizô V as Kamin

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Pentaptych: 11.42165a-c (three right sheets), 11.42166a-b (two left sheets)


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


Censors' seals: Watanabe, Kinugasa, shita-uri No blockcutter's mark


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, about 1850 (Kaei 3)


Vertical ôban pentaptych; 35.8 x 120.6 cm (14 1/8 x 47 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.42165a-c, 11.42166a-b

Medium or Technique

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