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The False Ikkyû Preaching to the Bill Collectors

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Triptych: 11.28882 (right), 11.28883 (left), 11.28884 (center) MFA impressions: 11.28882-4, 11.36499a-c, 11.39576a-c The text explains that once when the famous Zen priest Ikkyû was away from home, bill collectors came for the money that was owed to them. Ikkyû's disciple Hakuzôzu told them...

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Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga (right sheet), Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (center sheet), Chôôrô Kuniyoshi ga (left sheet) 一勇斎国芳戯画 一勇斎国芳画 朝櫻楼国芳画


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1843–47 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 4)

Catalogue Raisonné

Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), #74; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 11, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, II (1989), fig. 85


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 x 23.6 cm (14 x 9 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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