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Eight Bridegrooms for One Daughter (Hitori musume ni muko hachinin): Actor Iwai Kumesaburô III (R) and others including Sawamura Ujûrô II, Nakayama Bungorô II, Onoe Shinshichi III (?), Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII, and Ichikawa Kôgorô I (L)

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Diptych: 11.21597 (right), 11.21598 (left) MFA impressions: 11.21597-8, 11.45211a-b


「八人にいかてかわれん十露盤<そろばん>の玉のやうなる娘一人は 桃栗山人」


Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Ôju Toyokuni giga (on left sheet) 一陽斎豊国画(年玉印) 応需 豊国戯画(年玉印)


Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Yoshimura 衣笠、吉村


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, about 1849 (Kaei 2)


Vertical ôban diptych; 37.7 x 51.1 cm (14 13/16 x 20 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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