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Imaginary Scene of Actors Catching Fireflies: Jewels Shining in the Dark (Mitate hotarugari yakô no tamazoroi): Kataoka Gadô II, Ichikawa Kodanji IV (R); Iwai Kumesaburô III, Ichimura Uzaemon XIII (C); Nakamura Fukusuke I, Bandô Takesaburô I (L)

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Triptych: 11.29278 (left), 11.29279 (center), 11.29280 (right) MFA impressions: 11.29119VR (11.29119, 11.29120, 11.29769), 11.29278-80, 11.44189a-c

Signed

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

Marks

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 6 Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1855 (Ansei 2), 6th month

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 34.9 x 73.3 cm (13 3/4 x 28 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.29278-80

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints