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Flourishing Business at a Major Theater (Ôshibai han'ei no zu): Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Umeômaru, Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Tokihira, Nakamura Fukusuke I as Matsuômaru, and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Sakuramaru

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MFA impressions (with different center sheets): 11.26940-2, 11.44224a-c


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on right and center sheets), Ichiyôsai hinashi Toyokuni ga (on left sheet) 豊国画(年玉枠) 一陽斎雛獅豊国画


Censor's seal: Goat 6 aratame 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: 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, 1859 (Ansei 6), 6th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig, Heroes of the Kabuki Stage (2004), #23; Tôbu bijutsukan, Edo no hana kabuki-e ten (1999), #128


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.5 x 75.6 cm (14 3/8 x 29 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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