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Act IX, Yamashina (Kudanme, Yamashina), from the series The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers, a Primer (Kanadehon Chûshingura)

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Complete set of twelve prints by Hokusai, published by Iseya Rihei in about 1801: 11.19926-30, 11.20422-4, 11.20446, 11.20452, 11.20454, 11.20456 Complete set of drawings loosely based on the prints (compositions are similar, but poses of figures are often different): RES.63.36-47


Hokusai ga


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1801 (Kansei 13/Kyôwa 1)

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 227, vertical chûban #18.9; the series: Lane, Hokusai Life and Work (1989), Appendix II, list #50


Vertical chûban; 22.8 x 17.5 cm (9 x 6 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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