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Crane and Turtle Pray for the Favor of Gods and Lords: Tsuruji of the Kyôya as a Town Wetnurse (Machi uba) and Kameji of the same house as a Shrine Priest (Takamagahara), from the series Gion Festival Costume Parade (Gion mikoshi arai nerimono sugata)

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The title of the skit: Crane and Turtle [referring to the names of the two women] Pray for the Favor of Gods and Lords (Kami to kimi no megumi o inoramu Tsuru to Kame)


Nagahide ga 長秀画


Publishers' marks: Yamasa han, Honjô han 画家の印章: なし 版元: 山佐 本庄 改印: なし


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, 1814 (Bunka 11)

Object Place

Kyoto, Japan

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 123; Ujlaki and Nakade, "Gion nerimono prints revisited: The list," Andon 75 (2003), GN 1814-9, photo p. 35


Hosoban; 33.3 x 15 cm (13 1/8 x 5 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock/stencil print (kappazuri); ink on paper, with stenciled color