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The Number 5 for Five Bold Men (Gonin Otoko): Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III, Kataoka Gadô II, Ichikawa Kodanji IV, Nakamura Fukusuke I, and Bandô Hikosaburô V, from the series Seven Models for Each Character in the Syllabary, Supplement (Nanatsu iroha shûi)

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MFA impressions: 11.29376, 11.35399.47 Album: 11.35399.1-.47


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche 豊国画(年玉枠)


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 29, 2004) 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, 1856 (Ansei 3)


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