User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Courtesan of Kyoto, Center Sheet of a Triptych (Kyô, sanpukutsui chû)

Start collecting

Apparently the third state, with replaced head as in second state, and other changes. The theme of the triptych is "Courtesans of the Three Cities," with Edo represented in the right sheet, Kyoto in the center sheet, and Osaka in the left sheet. In the second edition, the heads were replaced and...

Show Full Description


Hirose Shigenobu hitsu 広瀬重信筆


March 8, 1906, gift of Denman Waldo Ross

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1735 (Kyôhô 20)

Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse, Images of Eighteenth-Century Japan (1975), #45 (R only, 1st state); TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 1 (1960), #s 117-9 (complete, 2nd state); Gunsaulus, AIC cat. I (1955), p. 72 (uncut, 2nd state); Ukiyo-e taisei 2 (1931), #161 (C only, 2nd state)


Hosoban; 30.6 x 14.4 cm (12 1/16 x 5 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (urushi-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color and nikawa