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Dances Representing the Five Festivals (Odori keiyô mitate gosekku): Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV for the 1st Month (Mutsuki), Suketakaya Takasuke III for the 3rd Month (Yayoi) (R), Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII for the 5th Month (Satsuki) (C), Ichimura Uzaemon XII

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Triptych: 11.29051 (right), 11.29052 (left ), 11.29753 (center) MFA impressions: 11.29051VR (11.29051, 11.29052, 11.29753), 11.44118a-c


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


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, 1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 9th month


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 x 74.1 cm (14 x 29 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.29051, 11.29052, 11.29753

Medium or Technique

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