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Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Hozumi Shinzaburô, Iwai Kumesaburô III as Geisha Miyokichi (R), Nakamura Shikan IV as Sanbasô, Ichikawa Ichizô III as Iwami Jûtarô, and Sawamura Tanosuke III as Oume (L)

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Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on right sheet) 任好豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Monkey 8 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take (right sheet only) 改印: 申八改 彫師: 横川彫竹 (R 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, 1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 8th month


Vertical ôban diptych; 35.5 x 49.4 cm (14 x 19 7/16 in.)

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