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A Piece-of-cake Ken Game on New Year Morning (Saitan ochanoko ken): Actors Seki Sanjûrô III as Daihi no Jiroku, Nakamura Utaemon IV as the Candy Seller (Kashiuri) Ochanoko Debezô, and Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Senju no Mitehachi

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MFA impressions: 11.22471 (with dance instructions), 11.40147 (with text)


Hanmoto no ôju Ichiyôsai giga 梓元の應需一陽斎戯画


Censors' seals: Yoshimura, Muramatsu 改印: 吉村、村松


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, about 1849 (Kaei 2), 1st month


Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 25.9 cm (14 1/8 x 10 3/16 in.)

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