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Board Games (Ki), from an untitled series of the Four Accomplishments (Kinkishoga)

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MFA impressions: 11.21212, 21.6236




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, about 1772–75 (early An'ei era)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan 10, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, I (1988), pl. 101; the series: Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 7 (1980), #85 (this design not illustrated, said to be unknown); Ukiyo-e taikei 9 (1976), #s 53, 230 (this design not illustrated)


Vertical ô-ôban; 44.9 x 32.2 cm (17 11/16 x 12 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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