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The Old Story of the Tongue-cut Sparrow (Mukashi-banashi shita-kiri suzume)

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From an album of satirical prints, 11.34998.1-112.


Yoshimori giga (on right sheet), Yoshimori ga (on center and left sheets) 芳盛戯画 芳盛画


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 29, 2004) 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, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 6th month ?

Catalogue Raisonné

Nat. Mus. of J. Hist., Nishiki-e wa ika ni tsukarareta ka (2009), #54; Kumon Kodomo Kenkyûjo, Ukiyo-e no kodomotachi/ Children Depicted in Ukiyoe (1995), #138; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan 9, Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels (1989), fig. 125


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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