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Courtesan on Parade

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From a vertical ôban sheet divided vertically into two harimaze panels: the courtesan to the right, and calligraphy in relief, in the manner of a rubbing, to the left. MFA impressions: 06.2526 (courtesan only, with inscription cut off), 11.19944 (courtesan only, with inscription), 21.10213...

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Katsushika Taito 葛飾戴斗


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, about 1830–44 (Tenpô era)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 11, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, II (1989), pl. 118; Genshoku Ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten, v. 2 (1982), #324


Harimaze, cut from vertical ôban sheet; 35.6 x 16.5 cm (14 x 6 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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