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A Children's Calligraphy Gathering (Yôdô sekigaki kai)

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MFA impressions: 11.16562-4, 11.41807a-c During the Edo period, it was customary for calligraphy teachers to hold exhibitions of their pupils' work twice a year, in the fourth month and the eighth month.


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1842 (Tenpô 13)

Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri 2011, #251; Kumon Kodomo Kenkyûjo, Ukiyo-e no kodomotachi/Children Depicted in Ukiyoe (1995), #45


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 x 69.8 cm (14 x 27 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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