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The Syllables I, Ro, and Ha: Actors Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Kômori Yasu and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Otomi, from the series Dodoitsu Songs for the Forty-eight Characters of the Kana Syllabary (Iroha yonjûhachi moji kanmuri Dodoitsu)

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Iroha yonjûhachi moji kanmuri Dodoitsu


Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (figures); Kunihisa ga (landscape) 任好豊国画(年玉枠)、国久画


Censor's seal: Monkey 9 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Yasu 改印: 申九改 彫師: 彫安


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, 1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 9th month


Vertical ôban; 35.7 x 24.3 cm (14 1/16 x 9 9/16 in.)

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