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The First Month (Mutsuki), from the series The Five Festivals Represented by Eastern Genji (Azuma Genji mitate gosekku)

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Triptych: 11.17339 (left), 11.17340 (center), 11.17341 (right) MFA impressions: 00.980-2, 11.17339-41


Baichôrô Kunisada ga (on right sheet), Kunisada ga (on center sheet), Ichijusai Kunisada ga (on left sheet) 梅蝶楼国貞画 国貞画 一寿斎国貞画


Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 5 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, 1855 (Ansei 2), 5th month


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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