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Actors Ichimura Takematsu III as Tatsuyo's Younger Sister (Imôto) Okiku (R), Nakamura Shikan VI as Suwa Kazuemon (C), and Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Tatsuyo, Actually the Monster of the Cat Stone (Nekoishi no kai) (L)

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Play: Tôkaidô Iroha Nikki Theater: Ichimura


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


Censor's seal: Chicken 7 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Kane (right and left sheets), Horikô Koizumi Kane (center sheet) 改印: 酉七改 彫師: 彫兼 (R and L), 彫工小泉兼 (C)


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, 1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 7th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #182


Vertical ôban triptych; 37 x 75 cm (14 9/16 x 29 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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