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Last Stand of the Kusunoki at Shijô-nawate

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Right half of an incomplete hexaptych. Full title: At Shijô-nawate, the Heroes of the Kusunoki Clan Take on a Gigantic Enemy Force and in a Mighty Battle Display Their Incomparable Renown (Shijô-nawate ni te Nanke no eiyû taiteki o hikiukete ôi ni sôsen shite batsugun no kômyô o...

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


Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 4 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: 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1857 (Ansei 4), 4th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Musha-e (2003), #118 (complete hexaptych); Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T346/T347


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.9 x 74.7 cm (14 1/2 x 29 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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