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Orange Blossoms of the Imperial Palace (Ukon no tachibana): (Actor Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as) Eboshiori Motome, from the series Popular Matches for Thirty-six Selected Flowers (Tôsei mitate sanjûroku kasen)

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The series: 36 sheets (11.42370-11.42405) plus title page (11.26606).


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


Censor's seal: Dog 4 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawadô Hori Take 改印: 戌四改 彫師: 横川堂彫竹


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, 1862 (Bunkyû 2), 4th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Osaka Castle Museum, Mitate no sekai (exh. cat., 2004), #38


Vertical ôban; 35.4 x 24 cm (13 15/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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