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Actors Onoe Baikô IV as Yokogushi Otomi, Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Mukôkizu no Yosa, and Nakayama Ichizô I as Tôhachi, the Clerk of the Izutsuya (Izutsuya bantô), in Act V of the Play Yo wa Nasake Ukiyo no Yokogushi, 3rd Month of 1853 (Kaei 6), from the se

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MFA impressions: 11.15738, 11.43113 Play: Yo wa Nasake Ukiyo no Yokogushi Theater: Nakamura


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


Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 11 No blockcutter's mark


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, 1856 (Ansei 3), 11th month


Vertical ôban; 36 x 24.7 cm (14 3/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

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