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The Great Thieves of Japan Compared (Honchô gitô kurabe): Kumasaka Chôhan, Hakamadare Yasusuke, Ishikawa Goemon, Takiyasha-hime, Ogata Jiraiya (R); Tenjiku Tokubei, Ôtomo Wakana-hime, Nippondaemon, Kezori Kuemon, Kijin Omatsu, Shintô Tokuji, Orochimaru, O

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Triptych: 11.22597 (left), 11.22598 (center), 11.22599 (right)


Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga (on each sheet) 一魁斎芳年画


Censor's seal: Ox 7 aratame (on left sheet) Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Ôta Tashichi (on center sheet)


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 7th month

Object Place

Catalogue Raisonné

Museum of Kyoto, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi ten (2001), #76


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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