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Hachimantarô Minamoto Yoshiie kô (R) and Abe no Sadatô (L)

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Diptych: 11.25683 (right), 11.25684 (left) Depicts the famous poetic exchange between the two generals at the battle of the Koromo River: Yoshiie: "Koromo no tate wa hokorobinikeri" (The warp of the robe has unraveled = The shield of Koromo Castle has been destroyed) Sadatô: "Toshi o heshi ito...

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Yoshiie: "Koromo no tate wa hokorobinikeri" Sadatô: "Toshi o heshi ito no midare no kurushisa ni"


Shuntei ga 春亭画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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, 1811–17 (Bunka 8–14)

Catalogue Raisonné

King and Iwakiri, Japanese Warrior Prints (2007), p. 126, fig. a (L only)


Vertical ôban diptych; 36.3 x 51.5 cm (14 5/16 x 20 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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