Yorimitsu Tries to Capture Hakamadare by Destroying His Magic (Kijutsu o yabutte Yorimitsu Hakamadare o karamen to su)
Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Musha-e (2003), #137; Asahikawa Museum, Utagawa Kuniyoshi ichimon no zenbôten (2000), #3-7-2; Baren no kai, Zuroku kôki Utagawa-ha (1988), #114; Zusetsu Nihon no koten 19, Kyokutei Bakin (1980), fig. 348
Vertical ôban triptych; 35.4 × 75.1 cm (13 15/16 × 29 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Triptych: 11.22917 (left), 11.22918 (center), 11.22919 (right)
MFA impressions: 11.21432-4, 11.22917-9, 11.39705a-c, 11.39706a-c, 11.39707a-c, 11.39708a-c
Lord Minamoto Yorimitsu, also known as Raikô, and three of his four top retainers–Urabe Suetake, Hirai Yasumasa, and Watanabe Tsuna–pursue the notorious thief Hakamadare Yasusuke. Hakamadare attempts to evade capture by using magic to create a distracting illusion of a battle between a bear and a giant snake.
Ichieisai Yoshitsuya (on each sheet)
Censor's seal: Horse 4
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: August 3, 1911)
 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