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Birds (Tori), from the series Contemporary Flowers and Birds, Wind and Moon (Jisei kachô fûgetsu)

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From a series co-designed by Kunisada and Kuniyoshi, as follows. Flowers: Kunisada, 11.43512a-c Birds: Kunisada, 11.43519a-c Wind: Kuniyoshi, 11.36648a-c Moon: Kuniyoshi, 11.36647a-c


Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on right and left sheets), Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on center sheet) 一陽斎豊国画、 香蝶楼豊国画


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, 1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.4 x 76.4 cm (14 5/16 x 30 1/16 in.)

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