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Right Team, Round One: Jeweled Branch (Migi ichiban, tama no eda), from the series Contest of Treasures (Takara awase)

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Aoigaoka Hokkei 葵岡北渓


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, early 1830s

Catalogue Raisonné

Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 207; another print in the series: Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #118


Shikishiban; 21 x 17.8 cm (8 1/4 x 7 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper