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Hôgetsudô Tanchôsai hashira-e kongen Okumura Bunkaku Masanobu shôhitsu 方月堂丹鳥斎 はしら絵根元 奥村文角政信正筆


Artist's seal: Tanchôsai 丹鳥斎


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, mid–1740s

Catalogue Raisonné

Asia Soc./JASA, Designed for Pleasure (2008), p. 72, fig. 48; Clark, Morse, Virgin, and Hockley, Dawn of the Floating World (2000-1), #75


Hashira-e; 128.2 x 16.0 cm (50 1/2 x 6 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (beni-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color