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Pine, from the series Three Paragons of the Modern World (Tôsei sangokushi), pun on Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Sangokushi): Actors Ichikawa Ichizô III (R), Nakamura Shikan IV (C), and Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I (L)

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Triptych: 11.29143 (center), 11.29144 (right), 11.29145 (left) MFA impressions: 11.29143-5, 11.29750 (left sheet only), 11.44308a-c


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


Censor's seal: Monkey 6 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Mino (on center sheet) 改印: 申八改 彫師:彫巳の (C)


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 6th month


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.9 x 76.6 cm (14 1/8 x 30 3/16 in.)

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