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The Ancient Custom of Attacking the Concubine (Ôko uwanari-uchi no zu)

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Triptych: 11.21404 (right), 11.21405 (left), 11.21406 (center) MFA impressions: First edition: 11.17164-6, 11.21404-6 Reprint edition, slightly altered: 11.22606a-c, 11.39581a-c


Hiroshige hitsu (on left and right sheets) 広重筆


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, 1843–47 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 4)

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 248, ôban triptych #027; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 5 (1980), #530 (reprint edition)


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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