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The Downhill Attack at Hiyodorigoe, the Fall of the Heike Fortress, and the Actions of Kajiwara, a Diptych [sic] (Hiyodorigoe sakaotoshi Heike rakujô Kajiwara ugoki zu, nimai tsuzuki)

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Two right sheets of incomplete tetraptych (title on center left sheet). MFA impressions: 11.40106VR (11.40106a-c, 11.40121) (complete tetraptych); 11.40120a-b (two right sheets only)


右 「新中納言知盛」 左 「菊地高持」「熊王」「源二」「梶原景季」「真鍋祐行」「生田ノ森平家大手之木戸口かちわら弐度のかけ」


Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 五渡亭国貞画


Censor's seals: kiwame, Hamamatsuya Kôsuke 改印: 極、濱幸


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, 1811 (Bunka 8), 8th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Ukiyo-e dai musha-e ten/The Samurai World in Ukiyo-e (2003), #I-117 (complete pentaptych)


Vertical ôban diptych; 36.8 x 52.1 cm (14 1/2 x 20 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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