Xiao Rang, the Miraculous Calligrapher (Seishushosei Shôjô), from the series One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Shuihuzhuan (Suikoden hyakuhachinin no uchi)
Artist Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)
24.2 x 17.4 cm (9 1/2 x 6 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Originally published in 1829 in the book Portraits of Heroes of the Suikoden (Suikoden gazôshû); for the complete book, see 1997.565.1-2 .
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