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Educational Pictures of the Three Worlds (Kyôkun sangai zue)

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Triptych: 11.22737 (center), 11.22738 (left), 11.37333 (right) MFA impressions: 11.22737VR (11.22737, 11.22738, 11.37333), 11.22739a-c, 11.36853a-c


Utagawa Sadashige ga


Censor's seal: Fukatsu


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, 1844 (Kôka 1)

Catalogue Raisonné

Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Ukiyoeshitachi no shinbutsu (1999), #31; Minami, Edo no fûshiga (1997), pp. 142-2, fig. 33


Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.22737, 11.22738, 11.37333

Medium or Technique

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