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The Opening of the Storehouse (Kurabiraki), from the album Saishiki mitsu no asa (Colors of the Triple Dawn)

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MFA impressions: 11.13953 (full color), 11.13958 (key block); intact album: 34.395


this sheet unsigned; Gakô Torii Kiyonaga on final page 画工 鳥居清長


Collector's seal (unidentified)


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, 1787 (Tenmei 7)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #I-136-4; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 5 (1980), #13


Horizontal ôban; 26.5 x 38.7 cm (10 7/16 x 15 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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