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Lu Zhishen, the Tattooed Priest, Originally Named Lu Da (Kaoshô Rochishin shomei Rotatsu), from the series One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Shuihuzhuan (Tsûzoku Suikoden gôketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori)

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MFA impressions: 11.30459, 64.2383


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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 1827 (Bunsei 10)

Catalogue Raisonné

Klompmakers, Of Brigands and Bravery (1998), #6; Suzuki 1992, #80; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S2.39; Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), pl. 8


Vertical ôban; 37.8 x 25.4 cm (14 7/8 x 10 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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