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No. 35, Nakamura Kansuke Fujiwara no Masatoki (R), and No. 36, Yoshida Sawaemon Fujiwara no Kanesada (L), from the series Pictorial Biographies of the Loyal Retainers (Seichû gishi meimei gaden)

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Yoshitoshi hitsu (on each design)


Censor's seal: Snake 2 aratame No blockcutter's mark


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, Meiji era, 1869 (Meiji 2), 2nd month


Two vertical chûban prints on uncut horizontal ôban sheet

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