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No. 3, from the series Parlor Charades by Amateur Comedians Impersonating Actors (Zashiki gei chaban no ateburi)

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MFA impressions: 11.42363, 11.42366


Hanmoto no konomi ni makasete Toyokuni ga 板元の好まかせて豊国画


Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Hama 改印: 衣笠、浜


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1850 (Kaei 3), 9th month


Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.8 cm (14 x 9 3/4 in.)

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