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Fukuroi: The Legend of Sakura-ga-ike (Sakura-ga-ike no yurai), from the series Fifty-three Pairings for the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui)

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Station 28, from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.22411, 11.45385.28


桜が池の由来  ある夜法然上人の庵へ女性来りて 我は艮嶽(こんがく)の源空阿闍梨より龍善二会の暁(さとり)をまたんため桜が池に入宮して今は龍身となれり 然るに惣身の鱗の合に数万の虫わきて日に三度夜に二度身を苦むる事堪がたし あはれ桜が池に来て此苦みをたすけてたへ と涙を落して頼ける 上人夢覚めて桜が池に至り給へは 水中より化龍顕れ上人と答和す 上人龍に向給ひて称名念仏し給へは ふしぎや惣身の鱗落てなめらかになり うれしけに 永くみろくの世をまたん とて 又水中にいりしとなり


Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga 香蝶楼豊国画


Censor's seal: Mura Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Fusajirô


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, Edo period, about 1845–46 (Kôka 2–3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S44.28


Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 24.5 cm (14 1/8 x 9 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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