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Actors Greeting the Audience (kôjô): Kawarazaki Chôjûrô III, Onoe Shôroku 1.5, Onoe Kikujirô IV, Asao Tamejûrô IV, Iwai Kumesaburô III, Asao Okuyama III (R), Bandô Takesaburô I, Ichikawa Ebizô V, Bandô Hikosaburô IV, Ichikawa Komazô VII, Ichikawa Saruzô I

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The actor Onoe Shôroku 1.5 (also sometimes called 1.2) used the name from 1849 to 1873 but is not presently recognized as an official member of the line.


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


Censors' seals: Murata, Mera, 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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1850 (Kaei 3), 3rd month


Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 72 cm (14 3/16 x 28 3/8 in.)

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