The Syllable Wa: Muramasu Kihei Fujiwara no Hidenao, lay priest (nyûdô) Ryûen, from the series Biographies of the Faithful Samurai (Seichû gishi meimeiden)
「誠忠義士銘々傳 村増喜平藤原直人道隆円 わ」
1866 (Keiô 2), 5th month
Vertical ôban; 35.3 × 24.2 cm (13 7/8 × 9 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Kinchôrô Yoshitora ga
Censor's seal: Tiger 5 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori ...
Artist's seal: kiri
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