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Miraculous Paintings by Ukiyo Matabei (Ukiyo Matabei meiga kitoku)

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Diptych: 11.28796 (right), 11.28797 (left) MFA impressions: 11.17397a-b; 11.22130VR (11.22130, 11.28869); 11.28768-9; 11.28770-1; 11.28796-7; 11.28822-3; 11.28866VR (11.28866, 11.28873); 11.28867VR (11.28867, 11.28879); 11.28868VR (11.28868, 11.28870); 11.28871-2; 11.28874VR (11.28874, 11.28878);...

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


Artist's seal: kiri


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, 1853 (Kaei 6), 6th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Nat. Mus. of J. Hist., Nishiki-e wa ika ni tsukarareta ka (2009), #58; Minami, Edo no fûshiga (1997), p. 186, fig. 46; Suzuki 1992, #443; Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), #82; Asai, Kinsei nishiki-e sesôshi 1 (1935), p. 8


Vertical ôban diptych; 35.8 x 50.6 cm (14 1/8 x 19 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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