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Enjoying the Cool of Evening (Nôryô): Actors Ichikawa Komazô VII, Ichikawa Kuzô II, Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII; Ichikawa Saruzô I, Fujikawa Kayû III, Nakamura Kantarô I(?), Ichimura Takenojô V; Bandô Shûka I, Ichikawa Komazô VII(?), Arashi Kichisaburô III

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Triptych: 11.29134 (left), 11.29135 (center), 11.40779 (right) MFA impressions: 11.29134VR (11.29134, 11.29135, 11.40779), 11.43987a-c


Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)


Censors' seals: Fukushima, Muramatsu No blockcutter's mark


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 1851 (Kaei 4)


Vertical ôban diptych; 35.4 x 49 cm (13 15/16 x 19 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.29134, 11.29135, 11.40779

Medium or Technique

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