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The Land of Brahma (Bondengoku)

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The play was produced in 1701 and 1706; this print was probably made for the 1706 production. For the program book of the 1701 production, see 2006.1813. The MFA also has a picture scroll in two handscrolls (11.6385 and 11.6389) and a painted book of the Nara ehon type (11.6627) depicting the same...

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Torii Kiyomasu


Artist's seal: Kiyomasu


Formerly in the Sumitomo collection; June 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Yamanaka & Co.; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1706 (Hôei 3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 1 (1983), pl. 6; Thompson, in Spaulding Collection meisakusen (2009), pp. 184-205, fig. 66


Vertical ôôban; 58.2 x 33 cm (22 15/16 x 13 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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