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Snow (Yuki): Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII in Three Roles, as Tokijirô in A Dream of Light Snow (Yume no awayuki), as Sekibei in Snow at the Barrier Gate (Sekinoto no yuki), and as Izaemon in Snow of the Twelfth Month (Shiwasu no yuki), from the series Snow

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The complete series: 11.43067 (Flowers), 11.43068 (Moon), and 11.43069 (Snow)


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


Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 11 No blockcutter's mark


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, 1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 11th month


Vertical ôban; 37 x 25.8 cm (14 9/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

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