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As an Offering to the Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine, Lord Yoritomo, the Major Captain of the Right, Conducts a Liberation Ceremony and Releases a Thousand Cranes (Udaishô Yoritomo kô Tsurugaoka Hachimangû e hôraku no tame senba no tsuru o hôjôe o okanai yô n

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Triptych: 11.16523 (left), 11.16524 (right), 11.16525 (center)


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画


Censor's seal: Hama


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1842–43 (Tenpô 13–14)

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Catalogue Raisonné

Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Ukiyo-e dai musha-e ten/The Samurai World in Ukiyo-e (2003), #I-185; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T118


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.7 x 73.7 cm (14 7/16 x 29 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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