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Act VIII (Hachidanme), from the series The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers, a Primer (Kanadehon Chûshingura)

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MFA impressions: 11.17584 (Izumiya), 11.26608 (no publisher's mark), 21.10258 (Izumiya) From the second edition, published by Izumiya Ichibei, of a series first published by Tsuruya Kinsuke.




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 1806 (Bunka 3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Bell, Chushingura (2001), pl. 12; Hokusai: Bridging East and West (1998), #55; Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 229, horizontal ôban #17.8; other prints in the series: TNM, Hokusai (2005), #s 167-170


Horizontal ôban; 24.8 x 37.1 cm (9 3/4 x 14 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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