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The Octopus Pine at Nakanoshima (Nakanoshima Tako no matsu), from the series Customs of Osaka: Frivolous Songs Matched with Beauties (Naniwa fûzoku uwakiuta bijin awase no uchi)

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Hasegawa Sadanobu ga 長谷川貞信画


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 1844–60 (Kôka–Ansei eras)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 125; other prints in the series: Ôta Memorial Museum of Art, Edo engei hana zukushi (2009), #53; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 9 (1981), #297


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Medium or Technique

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