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Ma Brigade, Fifth Group, Akasaka: Actor Onoe Tamizô II as an Akasaka Yakko Kite, from the series Flowers of Edo and Views of Famous Places (Edo no hana meishô-e)

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Forms the right sheet of a triptych of kite-flying themes, with a continuous kite string. MFA impressions: Right sheet: 11.21821, 11.45146, 11.45396.14 (creped, in album) Center sheet: 11.21822, 11.45147, 11.45396.15 (creped, in album) Left sheet: 11.21411, 11.21823, 11.45152, 11.45396.16...

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Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (top); Ôju Hiroshige ga (bottom) 豊国画(年玉枠)、応需 広重画

Marks

Censor Blockcutter's mark: Hori Mino 改印: 彫師: 彫巳の

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, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 3rd month

Dimensions

Vertical ôban, creped; 20.3 x 14.8 cm (8 x 5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45396.14

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints