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Moon (Tsuki), from the series Flowers and Birds, Wind and Moon (Kachô fûgetsu no uchi)

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Triptych: 11.15172 (center), 11.25123 (right), 11.35502 (left) MFA impressions: 11.15172VR (11.15172, 11.25123, 11.35502), 11.29048 (center sheet only), 11.45203a-c, 2009.5020.4 (left sheet only)


Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on right and left sheets), Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on center sheet) 一陽斎豊国画 香蝶楼豊国画


Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 6 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: 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, 1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Motegi et al, Musical Instruments (Ôta Memorial Museum, 2005), #8


Vertical ôban triptych; 37.8 x 75.8 cm (14 7/8 x 29 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15172, 11.25123, 11.35502

Medium or Technique

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