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Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Togashi Saemon (R), Ichikawa Ebizô V as Musashibô Benkei (C), Ichikawa Saruzô I as Minamoto no Yoshitsune (L), and others

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Actors in the back row, from right to left: Asao Okuyama III as Sentry (Bansotsu) Heitô, Matsumoto Kunigorô as Sentry Kantô (R); Ichikawa Hirogorô I as Sentry Bantô, Naritaya Sôbei II(?) as Ise no Saburô (C); Ichikawa Komazô VII as Hitachibô Kaison, Hachiya Shichiemon I as Suruga no...

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


Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, Rat 9


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, 1852 (Kaei 5), 9th month


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.1 x 76 cm (14 3/16 x 29 15/16 in.)

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