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Ru Brigade, Tenth Group, Iriya: Actor Nakamura Bungorô II as Asagao Senbei, from the series Flowers of Edo and Views of Famous Places (Edo no hana meishô-e)

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MFA impressions: 11.42490, 11.44604 The term “flowers of Edo” (Edo no hana) can refer, among other things, to fires. The title panel for each print in this series shows the lanterns and identifying standard (matoi) for one of the brigades of firefighters (hikeshi) assigned to various...

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Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (bottom right); Hiroshige ga (bottom left); Gyokuransai (top) 豊国画(年玉枠)、玉蘭斎、広重画

Marks

Censor's seal: Boar 8 aratame No blockcutter's mark

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: 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 8th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Memorial Museum of Art, Edo engei hana zukushi (2009), #173

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 24.7 cm (14 3/8 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.42490

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints