No. 38, Kôno Musashi no Kami Moronao, from the series Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai (Seichû gishi den)
「誠忠義士傳起原 髙野武蔵守師直 三十八」
Mueller et al., Competition and Collaboration (2007), p. 43, fig. 6; Weinberg, Kuniyoshi: The Faithful Samurai (2000), #I.38; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S54.38
Vertical ôban; 35.6 x 25.4 cm (14 x 10 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.26016, *11.28958 (deaccessioned in 2012), 11.45386.38
On No. 38 and No. 39 only, the series title is given as Origin of the Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai (Seichû gishi den no okori).
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
Censors' seals: Hama, Kinugasa
No blockcutter'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