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Actors in Imaginary Roles (Mitate): Sawamura Tanosuke III as Yaeume (R), Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Sasano Gonza (C), and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Shirai Gonpachi (L)

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Ôju Nanajûnanasai Toyokuni hitsu (on each sheet) 応需七十七歳豊国筆


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, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 1st month


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.6 x 71.6 cm (14 x 28 3/16 in.)

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