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Illustration from the Book Chinsetsu Yumiharizuki (Chinsetsu Yumiharizuki kanchû ryakuzu): The Wolf Yamao Attacks a Giant Serpent on Behalf of His Master and Leaves His Bones in the Mountains (Yamao, ôkami no meishi, shû no tame ni orochi o kande sanchû n

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MFA impressions: 11.26890-2 (color), 11.45497a-c (key block), 17.3209.51-3 (color) The mark of the publisher, Kawaguchiya Shôzô, is in a color block and so does not appear on this key block print.


Manjirô Hokuga (on each sheet) 卍楼北鵞


Censor's seal: kiwame (on each sheet) 改印: 極


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,

Catalogue Raisonné

Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Ukiyo-e dai musha-e ten/The Samurai World in Ukiyo-e (2003), #I-217; Dai yôkai ten (2000), #75; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 3 (1963), #s 3896-8


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper