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Ch. 31, Makibashira, from the series Fifty-four Chapters of the False Genji (Nise Genji gojûyo jô)

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Complete series, from album: 11.37391.1-.54


Baichôrô Kunisada ga (on main image); Ryûsai (on fan inset) 梅蝶楼国貞画、立斎


Censor's seal: Rat 9 aratame No blockcutter's mark Artists' seals: toshidama (on main image); ga (on fan inset)


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 9th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G554-31 (no photo); Kubo Tsunehiko and Sons Collection Ukiyo-e Hanga, Part II (2009), Edo #191-32


Vertical ôban; 36.9 x 25 cm (14 1/2 x 9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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