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Munechika Forging a Sword

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Diptych: 11.21438 (left), 11.21439 (right)

Signed

Kunisada aratame Nidai Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on left sheet) 国貞改二代豊国画 香蝶楼豊国画

Marks

Censor's seal: Hama No blockcutter's mark

Provenance

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, 1844 (Tenpô 15/Kôka 1)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 37.7 x 51 cm (14 13/16 x 20 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21438-9

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints