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Shirasuka: The Legend of Onnaya (Onnaya no den), from the series Fifty-three Pairings for the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui)

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Station 33, from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.30315, 11.45385.33


女谷之傳  女谷は白須賀の東橋本にあり 昔の宿駅にして建久元年頼朝公上洛し給ふ旅館の旧跡なり 此時橋本の長より遊女郡参す 故にその名あり その頃右大将に寵を得し女ありしが頼朝薨(こう)じ給ふ後 貞操にして尼となり妙相(みょうしょう)と号し一寺を建立して永く行ひすましける 今橋本の教恩寺これなり


Hiroshige ga 広重画


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1845–46 (Kôka 2–3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S44.34; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 251, ôban #43.12


Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 24.5 cm (14 1/8 x 9 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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