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Raikô Presenting Shutendôji's Head to the Emperor, from an untitled series of the Shutendôji story

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No. 18 (or 19?), the final sheet in the series. The number 19 is in the lower right margin, cut off of this impression. However, only 18 sheets in the series are known; so either the sheets were misnumbered or there is another sheet yet to be identified. The MFA has 17 sheets, lacking only...

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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 1680 (Enpô 8)

Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba City Art Mus., Hishikawa Moronobu ten (2000), cat. no. 83; Clark, Morse, Virgin, and Hockley, Dawn of the Floating World (2000-1), #10


Horizontal ôban; 27.4 x 36.3 cm (10 13/16 x 14 5/16 in. )

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color added later