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Snake: The Benten Shrine at Enoshima (Mi, Enoshima Benten), from the series Alluring Flowers for the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac (Enshi hana no jûni shi)

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Nanajûkyûsai Toyokuni hitsu 七十九歳豊国筆


Censor's seal: Rat 2 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Dai


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, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 2nd month


Vertical ôban; 36.8 x 25.7 cm (14 1/2 x 10 1/8 in.)

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