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Mi Brigade, Third Group, Fudanotsuji-ura: Actor Arashi Rikan III as Kaga no Chiyo, from the series Flowers of Edo and Views of Famous Places (Edo no hana meishô-e)

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The term “flowers of Edo” (Edo no hana) can refer, among other things, to fires. The title panel for each print in this series shows the lanterns and identifying standard (matoi) for one of the brigades of firefighters (hikeshi) assigned to various districts. On the west side of the Sumida...

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Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (bottom right); Hiroshige hitsu (bottom left) 豊国画(年玉枠)、広重筆

Marks

Censor's seal: Rat 2 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô

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, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 2nd month

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.42520

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints