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Seven Grasses of the Autumn Moor (Akino nanagusa): Actors, R to L: Iwai Kumesaburô III as Yamanaya Urazato, Nakamura Fukusuke I as Kasugaya Tokijirô, Ichikawa Ichizô III as Nitta Umejirô, Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Obô Kichiza, Bandô Hikosaburô V as Ukiyodo

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The sheets are numbered 1 to 7 from R to L, except for sheet 3. The characters are from four different plays.


0 0 0 0 0 「六」とあり。『続歌舞伎年代記』では役名が「奥女中滝川」。 「七」とあり。『続歌舞伎年代記』では役名が「竹あみ忰猿之助」。


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




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, 1857 (Ansei 4), 6th month


Vertical ôban heptaptych; 35.7 x 165.8 cm (14 1/16 x 65 1/4 in.)

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