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Ma Brigade, Fifth Group, Mikawadai: Actor Ichikawa Ichizô III as Kantô Koroku, from the series Flowers of Edo and Views of Famous Places (Edo no hana meishô-e)

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Forms the center 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 left); Shunkai (top right); Seisei Kyôsai (bottom) 豊国画(年玉枠)、春海、惺々狂斎

Marks

Censor's seal: Boar 12 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô 改印: 亥十二改

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), 12th month

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 24.8 cm (14 5/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.45147

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints