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Dyed Black (Kuroku somaru), from the series Five Colors of Dye in the Modern World (Tôsei goshiki-zome)

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Unidentified publisher's mark, Genshoku #972.


Utamaro hitsu 歌麿筆


Censor's seals: 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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1805 (Bunka 2), 12th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #542.2; another print in the series: Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 182.1.1


Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 24.2 cm (14 5/16 x 9 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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