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Fond of Pet Birds (Kodori kô), from the series Twenty-four Enjoyments of Beauties of the Present Day (Nijûshi kô tôji no hanamono)

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The complete series: 11.43070 to 11.43093.


Ôju Toyokuni rôjin hitsu (on main image); Ryôko (on inset) 応需豊国老人筆、了古


Censor's seal: Boar 12 aratame No blockcutter's mark Artists' seals: toshidama (on main image); unread (on inset) 改印: 亥十二改


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), 12th month


Vertical ôban; 36.7 x 25 cm (14 7/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

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