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Part 7: Ushiwakamaru Stealthily Looks at the Secret Book of Kiichi Hôgan (Nanakai, Ushiwakamaru hisoka ni Kiichi Hôgan no hisho o miru), from the series The Life of Yoshitsune (Yoshitsune ichidaiki no uchi)

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MFA impressions: 11.17249, 21.8966


Hiroshige ga 広重画


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 1832–34 (Tenpô 3–5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 243, horizontal ôban #85.07


Horizontal ôban; 23.8 x 37.4 cm (9 3/8 x 14 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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