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Rustic Genji's Poetry Contest: Mitsuuji's Excursion to the Seaside to See Abalone Diving (Inaka Genji shikishi awase, Mitsuuji umibe ni te awabi o torase yûran no zu)

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Kunisada hitsu (on each sheet) 国貞筆


Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ushi


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, 1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), intercalary 5th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G391, pl. 198


Vertical ôban triptych, creped; 21.4 x 46.2 cm (8 7/16 x 18 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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