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Kagekiyo Attempts to Assassinate Yoritomo at the Great Buddha Hall of Tôdai-ji Temple, second edition

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Triptych: 11.22893 (left), 11.22894 (center), 11.22895 (right) MFA impressions: 11.28793VR (11.28793, 11.28794, 11.41076; first edition), 11.22893-5 (second edition) Full title: In 1190, after Yoritomo visited Kyoto, he completed the restoration of the Great Buddha Hall at Tôdai-ji Temple in Nara;...

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


Censor's seal: Horse 7 No blockcutter's mark


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, 1858 (Ansei 5), 7th month

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Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 11, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, II (1989), pl. 130 (second edition); Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T157


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 x 74.7 cm (14 x 29 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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