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The Hour of the Tiger, Seventh Hour of Night (Tora no koku, Yoru nanatsu), from the series Twelve Hours of a Modern Clock (Imayo tokei jûniji)

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MFA impressions: 11.15313, 11.45329


Gototei Kunisada ga 五渡亭国貞画


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: 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 1818–24 (early Bunsei era)

Catalogue Raisonné

Motegi et al, Musical Instruments (Ôta Memorial Museum, 2005), #100; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 5 (1980), #161


Vertical ôban; 36 x 26.7 cm (14 3/16 x 10 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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