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Hanaôgi of the Ôgiya and Hanamurasaki of the Tamaya

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Center sheet of an incomplete triptych showing leading courtesans in a private dramatic performance. The right sheet, in the Chester Beatty Library, shows Hinazuru of the Chôjiya.

Signed

Utamaro ga 歌麿筆

Marks

Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

Provenance

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, 1790s

Catalogue Raisonné

The right sheet: Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 13 (1991), Chester Beatty pl. 67

Dimensions

Vertical aiban; 31.7 x 22 cm (12 1/2 x 8 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14342

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints