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Yorimitsu Tries to Capture Hakamadare by Destroying His Magic (Kijutsu o yabutte Yorimitsu Hakamadare o karamen to su)

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MFA impressions: 11.21432-4, 11.22917-9, 11.39705a-c, 11.39706a-c, 11.39707a-c, 11.39708a-c Lord Minamoto Yorimitsu, also known as Raikô, and three of his four top retainers--Urabe Suetake, Hirai Yasumasa, and Watanabe Tsuna--pursue the notorious thief Hakamadare Yasusuke. Hakamadare attempts...

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Ichieisai Yoshitsuya (on each sheet) 一英斎芳艶


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, 1858 (Ansei 5), 4th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Musha-e (2003), #137; Asahikawa Museum, Utagawa Kuniyoshi ichimon no zenbôten (2000), #3-7-2; Baren no kai, Zuroku kôki Utagawa-ha (1988), #114; Zusetsu Nihon no koten 19, Kyokutei Bakin (1980), fig. 348


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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