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Actor Iwai Kumesaburô III as Benten Kozô Kikunosuke, from the series Toyokuni's Caricature Pictures (Toyokuni manga zue)

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


Censor's seal: Monkey 9 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take 改印: 申九改 彫師: 横川彫竹


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) 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), 9th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Mueller et al., Competition and Collaboration (2007), p. 34, fig. 5 (this impression); Fujisawa Akane, "Toyokuni to Mokuami...," in Ukiyo-e geijutsu 154 (2007), p. 51, fig. 1; Edo-Tokyo Museum, Edo kabuki (1995), #5-27


Vertical ôban; 38.7 x 25.5 cm (15 1/4 x 10 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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