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Chanter, from an untitled set of Five Musicians (Gonin-bayashi)

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MFA impressions: 11.19353, 21.8411 Hirano points out that the designs on the kimono suggest the Five Festivals, as follows: Chanter: New Year (1/1) Flute Player: The Doll Festival (3/3) Small Hand Drum: The Boys' Festival (5/5) Large Hand Drum: The Tanabata Festival (7/7) Drum on Stand: The...

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Kiyonaga ga 清長画


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: 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, about 1783 (Tenmei 3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0555; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #227.1, and pl. 108


Vertical chûban; 25.8 x 19.2 cm (10 3/16 x 7 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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