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Board Game of the Hit Plays of the Flowers of Kabuki (Kabuki no hana atari sugoroku)

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Game board: 11.42019.1 Original wrapper in which folded game board was sold: 11.42019.2


Censor's seal: Ox 10 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Mino 改印: 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), 10th month


Game board: 60.8 x 73.5 cm (23 15/16 x 28 15/16 in.) Wrapper: 25.2 x 18.5 cm (9 15/16 x 7 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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