Battle of Blind Men, the Jô Names Versus the Ichi Names (Jômei ichimei zatô no kenka)

「城名一名 ざとうのけんくは」

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshitora (Japanese, active about 1836–1887), Publisher Kiya Sakutarô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Nagura, Etoki bakumatsu fûshi-ga to tennô (2007), #36

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych

Accession Number

11.34998.49a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From an album of satirical prints, 11.34998.1-112.

Signed

Yoshitora ga

芳虎画

Markings

Censor's seal: Dragon 8 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:辰八改
彫師:なし

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 29, 2004)

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