Odai Matarokurô Set His Own Castle on Fire, Calmly Entered the Fiery Pit and Died; Enemy Troops Were Amazed at His Bravery (Odai Matarokurô mizukara shiro o yaki sono kakyô ni haitte jijaku sunawachi shisu tekigun kare ga yûmô ni kyôfu no zu)
1866 (Keiô 2), 12h month
Artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892), Publisher Tsujiokaya Bunsuke (Kinshôdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Watanabe Eizô (Hori Ei) (Japanese, 1833–1901)
Ing & Schaap, Beauty & Violence (1992), #15; Asai, Kinsei nishiki-e sesôshi 1 (1935), pp. 110-1
Vertical ôban triptych; 36.2 x 73.9 cm (14 1/4 x 29 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Asai considers this print, among others, to be a reference to the Second Chōshū Expedition (aka the Summer War) of the Tokugawa shogunate against the Chôshû domain, in June 1866.
Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi hitsu (on right and left sheets)
Censor's seal: Tiger 12 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Watanabe Eizô (on right sheet)
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