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Courtesan Hanazuma of the Hyôgoya and Kenbishi Sake by Sakagami (Hyôgoya Hanazuma, Sakagami no Kenbishi), from the series Aristocrats of Sake Compared to Courtesans of Six Selected Houses (Natorizake rokkasen)

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Signed

Utamaro hitsu 歌麿筆

Marks

Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

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, about 1794 (Kansei 6)

Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #162; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #36.1; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 128.1.1

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.2 x 25.2 cm (15 1/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14276

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints