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In the Western Sea, the Diving Women Encounter the Heike Clan in the Depths of the Water (Saikai ama mizusoko ni haitte Heike no ichizoku ni miru)

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MFA impressions: 11.39568a-c, 11.41366a-c


Ichimôsai Yoshitora ga (on each sheet)


Censor's seal: Tanaka 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: 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, 1843–47 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 4)

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 012-1465 (R), 012-1466 (C), 012-14667 (L); Asahikawa Museum, Utagawa Kuniyoshi ichimon no zenbôten (2000), #3-21-6


Vertical ôban triptych; 37 x 74 cm (14 9/16 x 29 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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