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Newly Published Genji Board Game: A Picture Contest (Shinpan eawase Genji sugoroku)

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Game board: 11.39468.1 Original wrapper in which folded game board was sold: 11.39468.2


Ôju Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on game board), Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on wrapper) 應需一陽斎豊国画


Censors' seals: Yoshimura, Kinugasa


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) 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, 1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)


Game board: 75.2 x 72.3 cm (29 5/8 x 28 7/16 in.) Wrapper: 25.6 x 20.2 cm (10 1/16 x 7 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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