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The First Month: New Year Visits, The Seven Herbs Ceremony (Mutsuki, Nenrei, Nanakusa), from an untitled series of Day and Night Scenes of the Twelve Months

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From a series jointly designed by Kitao Shigemasa (#s 1, 5, 9, 11), Katsukawa Shunshô (#s 2, 4, 7, 12), and Utagawa Toyoharu (#s 3, 6, 8, 10).


Kitao Shigemasa ga 北尾重政画

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston—Worcester Art Museum exchange, made possible through the Special Korean Pottery Fund, Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution, and Smithsonian Institution—Chinese Expedition, 1923–24

Japanese, Edo period, about 1772–75 (early An'ei era)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 2, British Museum II (1988), pl. 62; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 5 (1980), #6; Ukiyo-e taisei 6 (1930), #229


Vertical chûban; 25.2 x 18.7 cm (9 15/16 x 7 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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