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Ôboshi Yuranosuke Yoshio, from the series Portraits of the Faithful Samurai of True Loyalty (Seichû gishi shôzô)

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Kuniyoshi ga 国芳画


Censors' seals: Murata, Kinugasa, Rat 12 改印: 村田、衣笠、子十二


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, 1852 (Kaei 5), 12th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû (2010), #136; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #46; Suzuki 1992, #162; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S78.1; Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), pl. 69


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Medium or Technique

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