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Empress Jingû Prepares Her Troops to Attack the Three Korean Kingdoms (Jingû kôgô Sankan seibatsu gochôren no zu)

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Tetraptych: 11.36443 (right), 11.39447a-c (three left sheets)


Hasegawa Sadanobu ga (on right sheet) 長谷川貞信画


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, 1868 (Meiji 1), 5th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 128 (right sheet only); Kang Duksang, ed., Nishiki-e no naka no Chôsen to Chûgoku (2007), #14; Konishi, Nishiki-e Bakumatsu Meiji no rekishi 4 (1977), pp. 24-5 (complete)


Vertical ôban tetraptych

Accession Number

11.36443, 11.39447a-c

Medium or Technique

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