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The Fearlessness of Major General Tatsumi (Tatsumi shôshô gôtan no zu)

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The title inscription continues: Advancing, he takes a stronghold by storm. Retreating, he takes care of his soldiers. Brave general of the Sakunei branch. Be it a village with bright blossoms or be it a hazy moonlit night, he sleeps peacefully under a pine tree, taking his own life lightly....

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Ôju Toshikata e 応需年方絵


Artist's seal: Toshikata


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, Meiji era, 1895 (Meiji 28)


Vertical ôban triptych

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