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Couple Playing a Duet on Koto and Shakuhachi

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Second state, with heads replaced. Probably a Meiji reprint from the original blocks.




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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Meiji-era reprint from Edo-period blocks?, original: about 1767–68 (Meiwa 4–5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse cat. #261; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #518, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 283


Vertical chûban; 27.7 x 20.3 cm (10 7/8 x 8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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