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Actors in imagined roles for a Soga Brothers play: Onoe Baikô IV, Arashi Kichisaburô III, Iwai Kumesaburô III (R), Bandô Hikosaburô IV, Ichikawa Ebizô V, Ichikawa Kodanji IV (C), Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII, Onoe Kikujirô II, and Sawamura Chôjûrô V (L)

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MFA impressions: 11.29203VR (11.29203, 11.45206a-b), 11.44054a-c


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


Censors' seals: Hama, Magome Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Takejirô 改印: 浜、馬込, 彫師: 彫竹, 彫工竹治郎 (Left sheet only)


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, about 1852 (Kaei 5), 1st month


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.7 x74.1 cm (14 7/16 x 26 13/16 in.)

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