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Shelter from the Rain, Encounters on the Road at New Year (Ameyadori haru no michizure): Actors Ôtani Tomoemon IV, Ichikawa Uzaemon XIII, Ichimura Takematsu III (?), Ichikawa Dannosuke V (?) (1); Nakamura Aizô I (?), Asao Yoroku II, Onoe Kikugorô IV, Naka

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MFA impressions: 11.29946 to 11.29955 (no VR), 11.42191a-j


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on sheets 1-3, 5-7, 9-10); Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on sheets 4 and 8) 豊国画(年玉枠) 任好豊国画(年玉枠)


Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take 彫竹 改、卯十一 改、卯十二 改、辰正


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, 1855 (Ansei 2), 11th month, to 1856 (Ansei 3), 1st month


Vertical ôban, ten-sheet image; 35.5 x 238.1 cm (14 x 93 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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