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Praying for Hits in the Waterfall of Answered Prayers (Ôatari, Daigan jôju arigataki tsubo): Actors Ichimura Uzaemon XIII, Sawamura Tanosuke III, Sawamura Tosshô II; Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I, Bandô Hikosaburô V; Nakamura Shikan IV, Bandô Mitsugorô VI (L)

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Konomi ni makase Nanajûhassai Toyokuni hitsu (on each sheet) 任好七十八歳豊国筆


Censor's seal: Boar 6 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô


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, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 6th month


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.8 x 72.8 cm (14 1/8 x 28 11/16 in.)

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