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Parody of Yan Qing (Rôshi Ensei): Hanatori of the Ôgiya, from the series One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Shuihuzhuan (Tsûzoku Suikoden gôketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori)

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The series title and its cartouche are copied directly from the famous series by Kuniyoshi. Here, courtesans imitate the Chinese heroes.


Ippôsai Kuniyasu ga 一鳳斎国安画


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period,


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Medium or Technique

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