The Romance of the Three Kingdoms is based on historical events in third-century China, but this particular event seems to be purely fictional.
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画
Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 7 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: January 19, 2005) NOTES:  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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Japanese, Edo period, 1857 (Ansei 4), 7th month
Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T348
Vertical ôban triptych; 37.4 x 74.1 cm (14 3/4 x 29 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper