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The Chinese God of War Guan Yu Reading a Love-Letter with a Courtesan

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Tanjôdô Ishikawa Shûha Toyonobu zu 胆條堂石川秀芭豊信図

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: 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, late 1740s

Catalogue Raisonné

Clark, Morse, Virgin, and Hockley, Dawn of the Floating World (2000-1), #123; Waterhouse, Images of Eighteenth-Century Japan (1975), #49

Dimensions

60.9 x 15.8 cm (24 x 6 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.19679

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (beni-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color

Collections

Asia

Classifications

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