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Te Brigade, Third Group, Shirogane: Actor Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Satô Masakiyo, from the series Flowers of Edo and Views of Famous Places (Edo no hana meishô-e)

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MFA impressions: 11.42486, 11.44615, 11.45130 The term “flowers of Edo” (Edo no hana) can refer, among other things, to fires. The title panel for each print in this series shows the lanterns and identifying standard (matoi) for one of the brigades of firefighters (hikeshi) assigned to...

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Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (bottom right); Hiroshige ga (bottom left); Yoshitora ga (top) 豊国画(年玉枠)、広重画、芳虎画


Censor's seal: Boar 2 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Mino 改印: 亥二改 彫師: 彫工巳の


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), 2nd month


Vertical ôban; 35.6 x 24.1 cm (14 x 9 1/2 in.)

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