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Plum: Actor Arashi Kichisaburô III as Tôken Gonbei, Comparable to Yang Zhi (Yôshi ni hisu), from the series A Modern Shuihuzhuan (Tôsei suikoden)

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Right sheet of incomplete triptych. MFA impressions: 00.921VR (00.921, 00.922, 00.955), 11.15474 (right sheet only), 11.29736VR (11.29736, 11.42436, 11.42437)


Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche 任好豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Goat 8 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take 改印: 未八改 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, 1859 (Ansei 6), 8th month


Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 23.8 cm (14 1/8 x 9 3/8 in.)

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