Hachimantarô Minamoto Yoshiie kô (R) and Abe no Sadatô (L)
1811–17 (Bunka 8–14)
Artist Katsukawa Shuntei (Shôkôsai) (Japanese, 1770–1824)
King and Iwakiri, Japanese Warrior Prints (2007), p. 126, fig. a (L only)
Vertical ôban diptych; 36.3 x 51.5 cm (14 5/16 x 20 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Diptych: 11.25683 (right), 11.25684 (left)
Depicts the famous poetic exchange between the two generals at the battle of the Koromo River:
Yoshiie: “Koromo no tate wa hokorobinikeri” (The warp of the robe has unraveled = The shield of Koromo Castle has been destroyed)
Sadatô: “Toshi o heshi ito no midare no kurushisa ni” (Over the years, the threads became tangled in hardship)
Yoshiie: "Koromo no tate wa hokorobinikeri"
Sadatô: "Toshi o heshi ito no midare no kurushisa ni"
Censor's seal: kiwame
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