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Five Young Men of the East (Azuma no wakate gonin otoko): Actors Sawamura Tanosuke III as Kari no Bunkichi (R), Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Raimon no Masa (CR), Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Gokuin no Sen (C), Ichikawa Ichizô III as An no hei (CL), and Nakamura Shik

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Photographed out of order; the sheet at far left should actually be the second sheet from the right. MFA impressions: 11.29911-5, 11.42141a-e


Konomi ni makase Toyookuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 任好豊国画(年玉枠)


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, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 7th month


Vertical ôban pentaptych; 36.8 x 123.1 cm (14 1/2 x 48 7/16 in.)

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