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No. 41, Maboroshi: Actor Bandô Mitsugorô III, from the series Fifty-four Chapters of Edo Purple (Edo murasaki gojûyo-jô)

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Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (main image); Ichijusai Kunisada ga (background) 豊国画(年玉枠)、一寿斎国貞画


Censors' seals: Murata, Kinugasa, Rat 12 Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take 改印: 子十二、村田、衣笠 彫師: 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, 1852 (Kaei 5), 12th month


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