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The War Story of the Chessboard (Koma kurabe banjô Taiheiki)

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MFA impressions: 11.28787-9, 11.39566a-c, 11.41073a-c (different blocks; probably a pirate edition)


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


Censor's seal: Fukatsu


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, 1843 (Tenpô 14), 7th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), p. 25, fig. 9; Minami, Edo no fûshiga (1997), pp. 106-7, fig. 25; Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), #112


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.1 x 73.3 cm (14 3/16 x 28 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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