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A Dance Rehearsel Imitating the First Raising of a Building Pillar (Odori keiyô hashiradate no manebi): Actors Bandô Shûka I as Ôiso no Tora, Bandô Takesaburô I as Soga Jûrô, Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Ômi Kotôda (R); Arashi Rikan III as Kudô Suketsune, Katao

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


Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 12 No blockcutter's mark 寅十二、改


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, 1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 12th month


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.1 x 76.3 cm (14 3/16 x 30 1/16 in.)

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