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Wa Brigade, Eighth Group, Ueno: Actor Sawamura Tanosuke III as the Poetess (Haijo) Shûshiki, from the series Flowers of Edo and Views of Famous Places (Edo no hana meishô-e)

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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 various districts. On the west side of the Sumida...

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Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (bottom right); Ôju Seisei Kyôsai (bottom left); Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (top) 応需豊国画(年玉枠)、応需惺々狂斎、国貞画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Boar 8 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Uemura Hori Yasu


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), 8th month


Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 24.8 cm (14 3/8 x 9 3/4 in.)

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