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Moon at Genji's Villa (Genji bessô no tsuki)

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Triptych: 11.26988 (left), 11.26989 9center), 11.26990 (right)


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet); Hanmoto no ôkô ni tsuki monjin Kunitsuna hojo (With the help of his pupil Kunitsuna, in accordance with the wishes of the publisher; on right sheet) 豊国画(年玉枠)


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, 1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 12th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G505, pl. 226


Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 75.5 cm (14 3/16 x 29 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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