The Ancient Custom of Attacking the Concubine (Ôko uwanari-uchi no zu), second edition
Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #130; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 248, ôban triptych #027; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 5 (1980), #530 (reprint edition)
Vertical ôban triptych; 35.3 × 69.8 cm (13 7/8 × 27 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
A slightly altered reprint of a triptych first published in the mid-1840s.
First edition, 1843-7: 11.21404-6
Reprint edition, 1852, slightly altered: 11.22606a-c, 11.39581a-c
Left sheet of first edition plus center and right sheets of reprint: 11.17164-6
Hiroshige hitsu (on left and right sheets)
Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, Rat 8
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: 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