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Battle of Flowers, a Children's Game (Hana ikusa warabe no tawamure)

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Diptych: 11.22705 (right), 11.39410 (left) MFA impressions: 11.22705VR (11.22705, 11.39410), 11.34998.29a-b, 11.45475a-b




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–Meiji era, 1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1)

Catalogue Raisonné

Asai, Kinsei nishiki-e sesôshi 2 (1935), p. 72


Vertical ôban diptych

Accession Number

11.22705, 11.39410

Medium or Technique

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