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Ishiyakushi: Minamoto Yoshitsune, from the series Fifty-three Pairings for the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui)

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Station 45, from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.25021, 11.28623, 11.42970, 11.45385.45


義経逆桜(さかささくら)は石薬師寺の向ひ民家の裏少し林のうちにあり むかし範頼上洛の時名馬生食(いけづき)の出し所はここならん とめぐり見給ひ 馬の鞭を倒(さかしま)にさし給ふ後に枝葉栄えり 義経逆桜と云か田宿の内に有 ちなみによってここへ義経をえがくものなり


Chôôrô Kuniyoshi ga 朝櫻楼国芳画


Censor's seal: Mura


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 1845–46 (Kôka 2–3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S44.46a


Vertical ôban; 37 x 25.2 cm (14 9/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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