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Gathering for a Rehearsel on the Third Floor (San yagura keiko no taikai): Actors, from right: Ichikawa Danzô VI, Ichikawa Ichizô III, Onoe Waichi II, Ichikawa Dannosuke V, Sawamura Tanosuke III, Asao Yoroku II; Seki Sanjûrô III, Ichikawa Kodanji IV, Iwa

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Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Monkey 9 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take (sheets 2, 4, 5), Yokokawa Hori Take (sheet 3) 改印: 申九改 彫師: 彫竹, 横川彫竹


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, 1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 9th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Edo-Tokyo Museum, Edo kabuki (1995), #5-50


Vertical ôban pentaptych; 35.7 x 123.6 cm (14 1/16 x 48 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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