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The Great Victory of the Government Forces of Mori [=Chôshû], Shima [=Satsuma], and Yama [=Tosa] (Mori Shima Yama kangun daishôri no zu)

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Hexaptych: 11.36789 (left sheet), 11.39166a-e (right five sheets)


Shôkôsai Kunihiro hitsu (on left sheet) 照皇斎国広筆


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, Meiji era, 1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 128 (11.39166a-e only); Konishi, Nishiki-e bakumatsu Meiji no rekishi 4 (1977), pp. 8-13 (complete); Asai, Kinsei nishiki-e sesôshi 2 (1935), pp. 6-7 (complete)


Vertical ôban hexaptych

Accession Number

11.36789, 11.39166a-e

Medium or Technique

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