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Asahina Tôbei, from the series Legends of the Dragon Sword and the Thunderbolt of Absolute Truth (Kurikara kongô den)

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MFA impressions: 11.39080, 11.45396.39 (creped, in album)

Signed

Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche 国貞画(年玉枠)

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 2nd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû (2010), #82

Dimensions

Vertical ôban, creped; 20.3 x 14.8 cm (8 x 5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45396.39

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints