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Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as Ume no Yoshibei (TR), Iwai Kumesaburô III as Gojôzaka no Oyama (TL), Ichikawa Kuzô II as Sanshinsai (BR), and Onoe Kikujirô II as Yoshibei's Wife (Nyôbô) Koume (BL), from the series Flowers of Edo Compared in Color Prints (Ed

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MFA impressions: 11.40323, 11.45099


Hanmoto no ôju Toyokuni ga (on TR design), Toyokuni ga (on TL, BR, and BL designs) 梓元の応需豊国画 豊国画


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), 5th 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