A Spring Scene: The Games of Chess Pieces (Shunkei koma no tawamure)
Edo period--Meiji era
1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1)
Artist Katsukawa Shuntei III (Japanese, 1837–1902)
Vertical ôban hexaptych; 37.5 x 155.5 cm (14 3/4 x 61 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The battle of Toba-Fushimi enacted by chess pieces.
Shinshuntei hatsuhanga (on left sheet)
No publisher's mark
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection