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Shi Brigade, Fifth Group, Imai: Actor Ichikawa Kuzô III as Imai Shirô Kanehira, from the series Flowers of Edo and Views of Famous Places (Edo no hana meishô-e)

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Forms the left sheet of a triptych of kite-flying themes, with a continuous kite string. MFA impressions: Right sheet: 11.21821, 11.45146, 11.45396.14 (creped, in album) Center sheet: 11.21822, 11.45147, 11.45396.15 (creped, in album) Left sheet: 11.21411, 11.21823, 11.45152, 11.45396.16...

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Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (bottom left); Kiyokuni ga (top); Konomi ni ôjite Yoshitoshi hitsu (bottom right) 豊国画(年玉枠)、清国画、好需 よし年筆


Censor's seal: Boar 12 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Uemura Hori Yasu 改印: 亥十二改


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), 12th month


Vertical ôban, creped; 20.3 x 14.8 cm (8 x 5 13/16 in.)

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