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The First Emperor of the Qin Dynasty in China, in Search of the Magical Herbs of Longevity, Had Ten Great Ships Built, and the Court Magician Xu Fu with Five Hundred Boys and Girls, Carrying Treasure, Food Supplies, and Equipment, Set Out for Mount Pengla

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Triptych: 11.16544 (left), 11.16545 (center), 11.16546 (right) Unidentified publisher's mark "Hoso-Sen."


... Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on right and left sheets); Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on center sheet) 一勇斎国芳画


Censor's seal: Kinugasa (on right sheet only)


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, about 1843 (Tenpô 14)

Object Place

Catalogue Raisonné

Suzuki 1992, #203; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T50


Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 75 cm (14 3/16 x 29 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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