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The Brave Warrior Samanosuke Destroys the Enemy Castle of Atsumi by Bombardment (Yûshi Samanosuke Atsumi tekijo o ishiyumi katetsu ni te uchikuzusu zu)

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Two left sheets of an incomplete triptych; title on the missing right sheet. Publisher's mark is not completely legible, but might be Tsubota (Marks #U347).


Ichimôsai Yoshitora ga (on left sheet) 一猛斎芳虎画


Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Fukushima No blockcutter's mark 村松、福島


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, 1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 012-1413 (R, not in MFA), 012-1414 (C), 012-1415 (L)


Vertical ôban diptych

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Medium or Technique

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