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Iris (Shôbu): Actors Bandô Muraemon I and Iwai Kumesaburô III, from the series Selection of Ten Flowers Currently in Full Bloom (Tôsei jû kasen)

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MFA impressions: 11.42318, 11.45295 (second series only) From a series first issued in 1854, in six sheets, under the title "Six Flowers...," and reissued in 1858 with four additional designs, under the title "Ten Flowers..." For the sheets already published, the censor's seals remain the same...

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Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (foreground), Hiroshige hitsu (background) 豊国画(年玉枠)、広重筆

Marks

Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 6 改印: 改、寅六

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: 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 6th month

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.7 x 25.5 cm (14 7/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45295

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints