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I no Hayata Killing the Nue Monster

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Numbers for the long months appear on the warrior's clothing, and the short months on the monster's fur.


Kyosen renjû Tôshô kô 巨川連中棟松工


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, 1765 (Meiwa 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse cat. #038; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 335; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #167, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 165


22.7 x 18.2 cm (8 15/16 x 7 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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