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The Earnest Type (Yonen nasasô), from the series Thirty-two Aspects in the Modern Style (Imayô sanjûnisô)

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Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (main image); Gengyo (inset) 豊国画(年玉枠)、玄魚


Censor's seal: Goat 6 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take 改印: 未六改 彫師: 横川彫竹


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1859 (Ansei 6), 6th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Christie's NY sale cat, Sept. 18, 2007, lot 39


Vertical ôban; 36.1 x 26.1 cm (14 3/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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