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The Statue of Enma, King of Hell, at Taisô-ji Temple

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MFA versions: 11.42049, 11.44680 (different blocks) Recut (pirated?) editions of a design by Utagawa Kuniteru. On the 6th day of the 3rd month, Kôka 4 (1847), thieves entered the temple and attempted to pry out one of the crystal eyes of the image on Enma. According to rumor, they were foiled...

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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, 1847 (Kôka 4)

Catalogue Raisonné

Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Ukiyoeshitachi no shinbutsu (1999), #96 (version by Kuniteru)


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Medium or Technique

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