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Celebrating a Hit Performance on the Third Floor of the Theater (Atari shibai sangai mochiban no zu): Actors Bandô Sajûrô I, Nakamura Tsuruzô I, Nakamura Ganpachi I, Ichikawa Yaozô VI, Ichikawa Shinsha I, Ichikawa Shinnosuke IV, Ichikawa Danzô VI (R), Ban

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Triptych: 11.22336 (left), 11.22337 (right), 11.22338 (center)


Nanajûkyûsai Toyokuni hitsu (on each sheet) 七十九歳豊国筆


Censor's seal: Rat 2 aratame No blockcutter'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: 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, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 2nd month


Vertical ôban triptych; 32 x 75.3 cm (12 5/8 x 29 5/8 in.)

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