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New Year Music for Top Stars (Senkin haru no gaku): Actors in an Imaginary Street Scene: Bandô Hikosaburô V as a Man in Formal Dress, Sawamura Tanosuke III as a Girl Playing Hanetsuki, and an unidentified actor as a Porter (R); Iwai Kumesaburû III as a To

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Ikkeisai Yoshiiku ga (on each sheet) 一蕙斎芳幾画


Censor's seal: Monkey 11 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Yasu kokutô 改印: 申十一改 彫師: 彫安刻刀


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, 1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 11th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 009-0067 (R), 101-6733 (C), 101-6734 (L)


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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