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The Eleventh Month (Iwaizuki), from the series The Twelve Months (Jûnika tsuki no uchi)

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MFA impressions: 11.29147, 11.41060 The term Iwaizuki (Month of Worship) usually refers to the first month; but since the series already includes a design for that month under the name Mutsuki, it seems that Iwaizuki is being used here as an alternative for Kagurazuki (Month of Sacred Dance),...

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


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, 1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)


Vertical ôban; 34.7 x 24.8 cm (13 11/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

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