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Five Teahouse Waitresses as the Five Men of the Karigane Gang

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The identities of the women are indicated by the crests on the noren (curtain) above and the patterns on their aprons; each wears the crest of the man she represents on her kimono. From the right: Kikumoto Ohan as Kaminari Shôkurô Tachibanaya Otatsu as Kyokuin Sen'emon Naniwaya Okita as...

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Eishi ga 栄之画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


1954, by exchange from Worcester Art Museum to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 8, 1954)

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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 1793 (Kansei 5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Motegi et al, Musical Instruments (Ôta Memorial Museum, 2005), #54; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan 7, Musee Guimet II (1990), pl. 74; Ukiyo-e shûka 8 (1980), Eishi list, #133; Brandt, Hosoda Eishi (1977), fig. 127, list no. 150


Horizontal ôban; 24.8 x 37.6 cm (9 3/4 x 14 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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