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Game board: 11.40054.1 Original wrapper in which folded game board was sold: 11.40054.2 The date is a guess based on the name of the actor in the upper left corner, Kawarazaki Sanshô, who took that name in 1873 and changed to Ichikawa Danjûrô IX in 1874.


Toyohara Kunichika hitsu 豊原国周筆


No censor's seal No publisher's mark


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, Meiji era, about 1873–74 (Meiji 6–7)


Game board: 60.1 x 72.5 cm (23 11/16 x 28 9/16 in.) Wrapper: 24.7 x 18.9 cm (9 3/4 x 7 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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