No. 491, from the series The Post Dispatch Newspaper (Yûbin hôchi shinbun)
Vertical ôban; 35.4 x 23.6 cm (13 15/16 x 9 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The farmer Ôta Yaemon and his son Fusajirô sever and exchange their little fingers before the departure of the son to war. An oban print of a warrior by Yoshitoshi is shown pasted on the wall.
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