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Minister Kibi Solves the Labyrinth Poem

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Triptych: 11.39712 (left sheet), 11.39713a-b (right and center sheets) MFA impressions: 11.22550-2, 11.39712VR (11.39712, 11.39713a-b)


Ichieisai Yoshitsuya ga 一英斎芳艶画


Mark of unidentified publisher.


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1843–47 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 4)

Catalogue Raisonné

Genshoku Ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 4 (1981), #122; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 3 (1963), #s 3130-2


Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.39712, 11.39713a-b

Medium or Technique

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