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Isogaya Jurobyôe Masahisa (R) and Oishi, Wife (Tsuma) of Ôboshi Yuranosuke (L), from the series Additional Stories of the Faithful Samurai in The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers (Chûshingura gishi meimei gaiden)

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Ichimôsai Yoshitora ga (on each design) 一猛斎芳虎画


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, 1843–47 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 4)


Two vertical chûban designs on horizontal ôban sheet

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