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The First Sanbasô Performance in the New Year (Odorizome keiyô Sanbasô): Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Senzai, with Bandô Hikosaburô IV as a Stagehand (Kôken) and Arashi Rikan III as a Musician (R); Bandô Takesaburô I as Okina, with Bandô Shûka I as a Flu

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Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on right and left sheets), Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on center sheet) 香蝶楼豊国画 一陽斎豊国画


Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 12 Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take 改印: 寅十二、改 彫師: 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, 1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 12th month


Vertical ôban triptych; 35 x 74.4 cm (13 3/4 x 29 5/16 in.)

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