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Kawazu Saburô Sukeyasu (L) Wrestling Matano Gorô Kagehisa (C), with Ebina Genpachi Hirotsuna as Referee (R)

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Triptych: 11.26943 (left), 11.26944 (right), 11.26945 (center) MFA impressions: 11.26943-5 (complete), 11.29701 (right sheet only)


Ichiyûsai Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 一雄斎国貞画


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: 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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1817 (Bunka 14)

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Catalogue Raisonné

Bickford, Sumo and the Woodblock Print Masters (1994), p. 8


Vertical ôban triptych; 38.6 x 77.7 cm (15 3/16 x 30 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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