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Clear Weather in Nakanochô (Nakanochô no seiran): The Itchûbushi Song Contest of Peonies (Itchû Kurabe botan), Actors Nakamura Shikan IV as Fuwa Banzaemon and Ichikawa Ichizô III as Nagoya Sanza, from the series Eight Views of Jôruri Ballads (Jôruri hakke

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Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche 豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Monkey 12 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Kane 改印: 申十二改 彫師: 彫兼


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, 1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 12th month


Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25.5 cm (14 5/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

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