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Courtesans of the Kado-Tamaya: Kasugano, Wakamatsu, Miyato, MItsuaya, from the book Seirô bijin awase sugata kagami (Mirror of Beautiful Women of the Green Houses), vol. 1, picture 4, sheets 3-4

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The book was jointly published by Tsutaya Jûzaburô and Yamazaki Kinbei, and jointly designed by Shigemasa and Shunshô; but it is not clear which artist was responsible for which illustrations. MFA impressions of the intact book: 2006.1749.1-3, 2006.1814, 2006.1815 (b/w illustrations) One...

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Signed

(this picture unsigned)

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) 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, 1776 (An'ei 5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Keyes, Ehon (2006), pp. 94-99; Kokusho sômokuroku, rev. ed., vol. 5 (1990), p. 121, col. 1; Toda, Ryerson Library cat. (1931), pp. 180-81

Dimensions

26.1 x 30.5 cm (10 1/4 x 12 in.)

Accession Number

11.20979

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints