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Komachi Washing the Manuscript (Sôshi arai Komachi), from the series Modern Girls as the Seven Komachi (Imayô musume Nana Komachi)

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MFA impressions: 11.13632, 20.121, 21.6983 Unidentified publisher's mark.

Inscription

Poem: Makanaku ni/ nani o tane to te/ ukigusa no/ nami no une-une/ oishigeruran

Signed

Toyokuni ga 豊国画

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, 1810s (late Bunka era)

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e taikei 9 (1976), #191; another print in the series (Sotoba): Kokubungaku kenkyû shiryôkan, ed., Zusetsu mitate to yatsushi (2008), p. 41, cat. no. 34

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.6 x 25.8 cm (15 3/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.13632

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints