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A Pilgrimage of Thanks on the Boats of Popularity (Orei mairi hiikibune no zu): Actors Nakamura Kantarô I, Ichikawa Kuzô II, Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII, Bandô Shûka I (R); Ôtani Hiroemon V, Arashi Kichisaburô III, Onoe Baikô IV, Morita Kan'ya XI, Ôtani Tomomat

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MFA impressions: 11.29108-10, 11.44049a-c


Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on right and left sheets); Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on center sheet) 応需豊国画(年玉枠)


Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, shita-uri (shita-uri on right and left sheets only) 浜、馬込、シタ売


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 1851 (Kaei 4)

Catalogue Raisonné

Edo-Tokyo Museum, Edo kabuki (1995), #5-72


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.6 x 75.4 cm (14 x 29 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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