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Actors Matsumoto Kinshô I as Wakatô Hachiemon (TR), Onoe Baikô IV as Sakuraya no Koman (TL), Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Sasa no Sangobei (BR), and Sawamura Sôjûrô V as Katsuma Gengobei (BL), from the series Flowers of Edo Compared in Color Prints (Edo no h

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MFA impressions: 11.40322, 11.45100


Toyokuni ga (on BL design)


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, 1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1), 7th month


Vertical ôban; 36.1 x 24.8 cm (14 3/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

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