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The Bridge of the Brocade Sash (Kintaibashi), from the series Pictures in the Red-hair [i.e. European] Oil-painting Style (Kômô abura-e fû)

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The signature is spelled out phonetically and written sideways in imitation of European writing.


Motome ni yorite Kunisada egaku


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, 1820s–30s

Catalogue Raisonné

Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #37; others in the series: Ukiyo-e taikei 10 (1976), #s 154, 155


Horizontal ôban; 24.4 x 36.5 cm (9 5/8 x 14 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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