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Our Elite Forces Capturing the Pescadores Islands in Taiwan (Seiei naru waga gun Taiwan Hôkotô o senryô suru no zu)

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Triptych (lacks inscribed title seen on other impressions): 21.1777 (right), 21.1778 (center), 21.1779 (left) MFA impressions, with title: 2000.422a-c, RES.27.167a-c MFA impressions, without title: 21.1777-9, RES.23.264-6




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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Meiji era, 1894 (Meiji 27), December

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Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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