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Seki, from the series The Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road Printed in Color (Tôkaidô saishikizuri gojûsan tsugi)

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No. 48 in the series. Title and publisher (Tsuruya Kinsuke) given on the wrapper, 11.19947 and 21.10397. MFA impressions: 11.20277, 21.10388




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, about 1804 (Bunka 1)

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 226, vertical koban #2.48


Vertical mameban (1/16 ôban); 9.2 x 6.2 cm (3 5/8 x 2 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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