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At the Battle of Takadachi in Ôshû Province in 1187, a White Dragon Ascends to Heaven from the Koromo River (Bunji sannen Ôshû Takadachi kassen Koromogawa yori hakuryû ten e noboru)

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Triptych: 11.22914 (left), 11.22915 (center), 11.22916 (right) MFA impressions: 11.22914-6, 11.37940a-c


Ichieisai Yoshitsuya ga (on each sheet) 一英斎芳艶画


Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 11 No blockcutter's mark


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, 1857 (Ansei 4), 11th month

Object Place

Catalogue Raisonné

NHK, Yoshitsune ten (2005), #193; Asahikawa Museum, Utagawa Kuniyoshi ichimon no zenbôten (2000), #3-7-3; Baren no kai, Zuroku kôki Utagawa-ha (1988), #115


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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