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Wrestlers in Checked Fabrics on New Year Morning (Shimazoroi asahide no sekitori): Actors Sawamura Tosshô II, Sawamura Tanosuke III, Ichikawa Ichizô III (R), Nakamura Shikan IV, Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I, Bandô Hikosaburô V, Ichikawa Kodanji IV (C), Nakamura F

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All of the actors are dressed as sumô wrestlers except for Sawamura Tanosuke III, at the upper right holding the title sheet, who is dressed as a sumô referee.


Ichiyo ichidai Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Konomi ni makase nanajûhassai Toyokuni hitsu (on left sheet) 一世一代豊国画 任好七十八歳豊国筆(年玉印)


Censor's seal: Boar 6 aratame


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), 6th month


Vertical ôban triptych; 37.2 x 75.8 cm (14 5/8 x 29 13/16 in.)

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