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The Earth Spider Generates Monsters at the Mansion of Lord Minamoto Yorimitsu (Minamoto Yorimitsu [Raikô] kô no yakata ni tsuchigumo yôkai o nasu zu)

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Triptych: 11.30462 (left), 11.30463 (center), 11.30464 (right)


Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga (on left sheet only) 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: August 3, 1911) 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, 1843 (Tenpô 14)

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Catalogue Raisonné

Dai yôkai ten (2000), #68; Suzuki 1992, #441; Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), #176; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T128; Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), pl. 42


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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