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Through the Generations, the Sawamura Lineage (Toshidoshi o iwai no kakizome): Actors Sawamura Sôjûrô II as Toneri Matsuômaru, Sawamura Sôjûrô I as Ôboshi Yuranosuke, Sawamura Sôjûrô 1.5 as Soga Jûrô Sukenari (R); Sawamura Sôjûrô IV as Akashi Shiganosuke,

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MFA impressions: 11.44060a-c, 11.45012a-c The actor identified in the English translation as Sawamura Sôjûrô 1.5 is not considered part of the official lineage today; but at the time the print was made, he was considered to be Sawamura Sôjûrô II, and so all of the generation numbers from...

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


Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe No blockcutter's mark 米良、渡辺


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, 1849–52 (Kaei 2-5)


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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