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Azekura Jûshirô and Hinotama no Sangorô, from the series Tales of the Floating World in Eastern Brocade (Azuma nishiki ukiyo kôdan)

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「蛇の道を知るからす 蛇憎まれ口の釘かすがゐ 退引ならぬ手詰の問答 烈火とわめく火の玉の 火を消す手術に心の奸計 田を行も又校倉か 行方ハ一筋東海道中駅路のすヾの森しげき 雲間にきらめく剣の稲妻 もろくも消る水の泡 火の玉の火ハ鎮すとも いつかハ巡り車の炎堕獄の苛責目前なるべし」


Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga 一魁斎芳年画


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) 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, 1867 (Keiô 3), 9th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyu (2010), #19


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Medium or Technique

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