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The Battle of Flowers, the Elegant Contest of the Young Trees (Hana ikusa wakaki no arasoi): Actors, from right, Nakamura Fukusuke II, Iwai Shijaku II, Sawamura Tanosuke III, Ichikawa Kuzô III, Ichimura Kakitsu IV, Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I, Bandô Hikosaburô

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MFA impressions: 11.41699a-c, 11.41747a-c


Kunichika ga (on each sheet) 国周画


Censor's seal: Ox 3 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Mino 改印: 丑三改 彫師: 彫巳の


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, 1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 3rd month


Vertical ôban triptych

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