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Pine: Actors Ichikawa Ichizô III as Nozarashi Gosuke, Comparable to Shi Jin the Nine Dragoned (Kyûmonryû Shishin ni hisu) (R); Nakamura Fukusuke I as Asahina Tôbei, Comparable to Lu Zhishen the Tattooed Priest (Kaoshô Rochishin ni hisu) (C), and Kawarazak

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Triptych: 11.15472 (center), 11.15475 (right), 11.42432 (left) MFA impressions: 11.15472VR (11.15472, 11.15475, 11.42432), 11.15473VR (11.15473, 11.29737; two left sheets only)

Signed

Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 任好豊国画(年玉枠)

Marks

Censor's seal: Horse 7 Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take 改印: 午七 彫師: 横川彫竹

Provenance

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

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1858 (Ansei 5), 7th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kokubungaku kenkyû shiryôkan, ed., Zusetsu mitate to yatsushi (2008), pp. 77-9, cat. nos. 67 (R), 68 (C), 69 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.4 x 73 cm (14 5/16 x 28 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.15472, 11.15475, 11.42432

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints