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Kuwana: The Story of the Sailor Tokuzô (Funanori Tokuzô no den), from the series Fifty-three Pairings for the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui)

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Station 43, from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.25025, 11.30453, 11.45385.43


船のり徳蔵の傳  桑名屋徳蔵は無双の船のり也 大晦日には船を出さぬ法也けるに ある年大晦日に船を出し 沖中にて俄に大風大波立て 大山の如き大坊主船の先へ出ける 徳蔵少しも恐れずかぢを取り行に くだんの化物 いかに徳蔵こわくはなきや と尋るに 徳蔵びくともせず 渡世より外にこはきものはなし と大おんによばわりたれば かの化物此一言におそれけん 雪霜のごとくきえうせ 波風なく本の如くに船ははしりしとなん 徳蔵が大たんのほどこれにてしるべし


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画


Censor's seal: Mura


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 1845–46 (Kôka 2–3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Mueller et al., Competition and Collaboration (2007), #147; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #50; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S44.44; Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), pl. 49


Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 24.5 cm (14 1/8 x 9 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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