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The Ink Battle (Bokusen no zu)

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Triptych: 11.28786 (right), 11.28864 (left), 11.28865 (center) MFA impressions: 11.16529-31, 11.28786VR (11.28786, 11.28864, 11.28865), 11.28828-30, 11.36490a-c


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


Mark of unidentified publisher (Genshoku #995, mark #632)


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, 1843 (Tenpô 14), 8th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Minami, Edo no fûshiga (1997), pp. 110-11, fig. 26; Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), #77


Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 73.7 cm (14 3/16 x 29 in.)

Accession Number

11.28786, 11.28864, 11.28865

Medium or Technique

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