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In the Great Battle betwen the Minamoto and the Taira at Akama Bay in Nagato Province, the Taira Clan Are Utterly Destroyed (Nagato no kuni Akama no ura ni oite Genpei ôgassen Heike ichimon kotogotoku horobiru zu)

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MFA impressions: 00.1085 (center sheet only, pub. Maru-Tetsu), 00.1096-8 (pub. Maru-Tetsu), 11.41062a-c (pub. Enshûya Matabei; first edition?)


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画


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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 1845 (Kôka 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T163


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.3 x 73.4 cm (14 5/16 x 28 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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