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Mao Bao (Môhô), from the series Meng Qiu (Môgyû)

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From a series of figures from Chinese history. Mao Bao, a Chinese general of the 4th century C.E., was said to have been saved from drowning by a white turtle that he himself had rescued twenty years earlier.




Artist's seal; Hokkei


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1820 (Bunsei 3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Other prints in the series: Rijksmuseum, Surimono: Poetry and Image (2000), #s 39 and 104


Shikishiban; 20 x 18 cm (7 7/8 x 7 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper