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Courtesan and Guest at New Year

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In the tokonoma are two hagoita (New Year battledores) marked with the numbers of the long months on the large one (1,3,4,6,8,11)and the numbers of the short months on the short one (2,5,7,9,10,12). This arrangement corresponds to the long and short months for 1817 (Bunka 14).


Saki no Hokusai Taito ga 前北斎戴斗画


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1817 (Bunka 14)


13.9 x 18.8 cm (5 1/2 x 7 3/8 in.)

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Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper