Early in the Morning of the 15th Day of the 12th Month, 1702, the 47 Loyal Retainers, Having Achieved Their Goal, All Crossed Ryôgoku Bridge with the Head of Their Enemy and Proceeded to the Memorial Temple (Gishi shijûshichinin honmô o toge jinsû o soro

「義士四拾七人本望を遂人数を揃えて良黒橋を引取敵の首汲を守護して菩提所へ赴く維時に玄禄十五年十二月十五日の早天なりしといふ」

Japanese
Edo period
1847–50 (Kôka 4–Kaei 3)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T209

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.1 x 72.9 cm (14 3/16 x 28 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38224a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)

一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
No blockcutter's mark

改印:米良、村田
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: 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