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The Akashi Bathhouse (Akashi-buro)

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MFA impressions: 11.26976-81 (complete), 11.42202a-f (complete), 11.45274a-c (upper half only)


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet of upper half); Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (lower right); Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (lower center); Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (lower left) 豊国画(年玉枠)  一陽斎豊国画、 香蝶楼豊国画、 豊国画


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) NOTES: [1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G160, pl. 158


Vertical ôban, two-tier hexaptych; 71.5 x 74.3 cm (28 1/8 x 29 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper