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Actors Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Benten Kozô Kikunosuke, Seki Sanjûrô III as Nippondaemon (R), Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Tadanobu Rihei (C), Iwai Kumesaburô III as Akaboshi Jûza, and Nakamura Shikan IV as Nangô Rikimaru (L)

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


Censor's seal: Dog 12 aratame 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, 1862 (Bunkyû 2), 12th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Fujisawa Akane, "Toyokuni to Mokuami...," in Ukiyo-e geijutsu 154 (2007), pp. 60-1, fig. 11


Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 73.4 cm (14 3/16 x 28 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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