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Actors Iwai Hanshirô VI as the Third Shirai Gonpachi; Hanshirô IV as the First Meshitsukai Ohatsu; Hanshirô V as the Second Mikazuki Osen (R); Hanshirô VII as the Fourth Courtesan Agemaki; Iwai Kumesaburô III as the Fifth Yaoya Oshichi (C); Segawa Kikunoj

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Through the Generations, the Lineages of ... (Toshidoshi o iwai no ... ) Actors Iwai Hanshirô VI as Sandaime Shirai Gonpachi, Iwai Hanshirô IV as Ganso Meshitsukai Ohatsu, Iwai Hanshirô V as Nidaime Mikazuki Osen (R); Iwai Hanshirô VII as Yondaime the courtesan Agemaki, Iwai Kumesaburô III...

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


Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe 米良、渡辺


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, 1849–52 (Kaei 2-5)


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.8 x 74.1 cm (14 1/8 x 29 3/16 in.)

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