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Daruma Carrying a Woman on His Back

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The second state of a calendar print, wiht most of the markings remaining; the numbers for the long months are in the lines of the reed, and for the short months, in Daruma's robe.




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, 1765 (Meiwa 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse cat. #049; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #163.2, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 82


Vertical chûban; 27 x 21.1 cm (10 5/8 x 8 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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