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Xuande [Liu Bei] Visits Kongming [Zhuge Liang] Three Times in the Snow (Gentoku mitabi setchû ni Kômei o tazuneru zu), from the series Popular Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Tsûzoku Sangokushi no uchi)

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MFA impressions: 11.38170a-c, 11.39550a-c, 11.39551a-c


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


Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, Ox 4 Blockcutter's mark: Hori Shôji (on center sheet)


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, 1853 (Kaei 6), 4th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T294


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.3 x 74.6 cm (14 5/16 x 29 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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