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Imitating Puppets (Ningyô no manei): Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Ebizako no Jû (R), Onoe Kikugorô IV as Ômiya Kakae Kofuji (C), Seki Sanjûrô III as Iyami Kinchô and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Iyami Kintarô (L)

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Triptych: 11.29265 (left), 11.29266 (center), 11.29267 (right) MFA impressions: 11.29265-7, 11.44206a-c


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


Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 3 Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take 改印: 改、辰三 彫師: 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: 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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1856 (Ansei 3), 3rd month


Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 76.7 cm (14 3/16 x 30 3/16 in.)

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