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The Fujiokaya Scene: Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV (R), Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII, and Bandô Shûka I (L), from the series The LIfe of Yosaburô (Yosaburô ichidaibanashi)

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Based on the Kabuki play Yo wa Nasake Ukiyo no Yokogushi, but may not refer to a specific production.


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 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, 1858 (Ansei 5), 2nd month


Vertical ôban diptych; 35.5 x 49 cm (14 x 19 5/16 in.)

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