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Sunset Glow at Ayase (Ayase no sekisho), from the series Eight Views of Inky Water (Bokusui hakkei)

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"Inky water" is a joking reference to the Sumida River.


Ippitsusai Bunchô ga 一筆齊文調画


Artist's seal: Mori uji


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 1768–75 (late Meiwa–early An'ei)

Catalogue Raisonné

Clark et al, The Actor's Image (1994), #31; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 2, British Museum II (1988), pl. 49; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Bunchô list, #319.1; Ukiyo-e taisei 5 (1930), #278


Vertical chûban; 26.4 x 19.8 cm (10 3/8 x 7 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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