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Yokkaichi, Ishiyakushi, and Shôno, from the series Famous Places and Historical Sites of the Tokaido Road, Three Stations at a Time (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi meisho kiseki sanshuku tsuzuki)

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Yokkaichi: (Actor Ichikawa Ebizô V as) Akaborimura Mizuemon Ishiyakushi: Famous roasted rice (meibutsu yakigome) Shôno: Historical site associated with the poet Akahito (Akahito no koseki)


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on Yokkaichi, below); Daiji ga (on Shôno, top right); Yoshinobu ga (on Ishiyakushi, top left) 一勇斎国芳画


Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, Rat 9


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, 1852 (Kaei 5), 9th month


Vertical ôban; 34.6 x 24.7 cm (13 5/8 x 9 3/4 in.)

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