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The Fight on the Roof of the Hôryûkaku, from The Tale of Eight Dogs (Hakkenden no uchi Hôryûkaku)

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MFA impressions: 11.39555a-c, 17.3209.63-5


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on center and left sheets 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: 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1836–37 (Tenpô 7–8)

Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri 2011, #50; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #20; Chiba Museum, Hakkenden no sekai (2008), #94-95; Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Musha-e (2003), #128; Suzuki 1992, #99; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T41, pl. 43


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 x 70.3 cm (14 x 27 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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