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The Amazing Phenomenon of Popular Ôtsu-e Paintings (Ryûkô Ôtsu-e kitai no maremono)

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Triptych: 11.21352 (left), 11.21353 (center), 11.21373 (right)


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画


Censors' seals: Murata, Mera Blockcutter's mark: Hori Utakichi


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)

Object Place

Catalogue Raisonné

Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #4; Iwakiri 2011, #372; Suzuki 1992, #442; Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), #81


Vertical ôban triptych; 38.1 x 77 cm (15 x 30 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21352, 11.21353, 11.21373

Medium or Technique

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