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Ise Monogatari tôsho shô (Tales of Ise with Headnotes)

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By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 24, 2001) 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, 1679 (Enpô 7), 3rd month

Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #150; Clark, Morse, Virgin, and Hockley, Dawn of the Floating World (2000-1), #14


Covers: 27.5 x 19.0 cm (ôhon) Double-page illustrations: 27.5 x 36.3 cm

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock printed book; ink on paper




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