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A Fashionable Imaginary Selection of Six Flowers (Fûryû mitate rokkasen): Actors, R to L: Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I, Onoe Kikugorô IV, Nakamura Fukunosuke I, Iwai Kumesaburô III, Ichikawa Ichizô I, Bandô Hikosaburô V

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


Censor's seal: Horse 11 Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take 改印: 午十一 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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1858 (Ansei 5), 11th month


Vertical ôban hexaptych; 35.7 x 136.3 cm (14 1/16 x 53 11/16 in.)

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