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Courtesans of the Matsubaya, a triptych (Matsubaya sanmai tsuzuki): Wakakusa, kamuro Wakaki and Wakaba; Ukifune, kamuro Kanomo and Konomo; Matsukaze, kamuro Isone and Shirabe; Tomikawa, kamuro Onami and Menami

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Eishi ga 栄之画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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,

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 8 (1980), Eishi list, #126.1; Brandt, Hosoda Eishi (1977), fig. 176 (with one sheet from an Ôgiya triptych), list no. 167


Vertical ôban; 37.6 x 25.3 cm (14 13/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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