The Former Emperor [Sutoku] from Sanuki Sends His Retainers to Rescue Tametomo (Sanuki no in kenzoku o shite Tametomo o sukuu zu)


Edo period
about 1851–52 (Kaei 4–5)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)

Catalogue Raisonné

Clark 2009, #29; MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #131; Shibuya Shôtô Mus., Musha-e (2003), #135; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #89; Suzuki 1992, #69; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T263, and fig. 16; Robinson (1961), pl. 58


Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 76 cm (14 3/16 x 29 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Triptych: 11.26999 (left), 11.27000 (center), 11.27001 (right)

MFA impressions: 06.762-4, 11.26999-7001


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画


Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe No blockcutter's mark 改印:米良、渡辺 彫師:なし


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) 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