The Great Battle of Yamazaki in 1599 as Told in the Taikôki (Keichô yonen Taikôki Ô-Yamazaki no zu)
1869 (Meiji 2)
Artist Kikusui Shigehiro (Japanese, active 1860s)
A different print with the same title: Konishi, Nishiki-e bakumatsu Meiji no rekishi 4, p. 124
Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 73.8 cm (14 3/16 x 29 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The earlier Battle of Yamazaki, also sometimes called the Battle of Mount Tennô, actually took place in 1582 rather than 1599. At this battle, Toyotomi Hideyoshi defeated Akechi Mitsuhide, who had killed Oda Nobunaga, and thereby became the ruler of Japan.
However, the true subject of the print is the fighting at Yamazaki during the Bôshin War of 1868-9.
Shigehiro (on left sheet only)
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