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The Trigram Li, Fire: Profit, Returning Sails of Redeeming a Pawned Possession (Ri, Shichiuke no kihan), from the series Eight Views of Incidents in Daily Life: Women Representing the Eight Trigrams (Ningen banji ômi hakkei)

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MFA impressions: 11.15954, 11.15965, 11.28731 The series title puns on "Eight Views of Ômi" and "Feminine Beauty for the Eight Trigrams" (the symbols used in Chinese-style fortune-telling). Each print shows a kanji character in a magnifying glass (used by a fortune-teller to study the...

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Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga 一勇斎国芳戯画


Censors' seals: Yoshimura Gentarô, Muramatsu Genroku


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 1849–50 (Kaei 2–3)

Catalogue Raisonné

The series: Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), list #108


Vertical ôban; 37 x 25.2 cm (14 9/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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