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Makers of Artificial Flowers (Tsukuribana-shi), from the series Selected Types of Female Artisans (Fujin shokunin bunrui)

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The impression in Brussels has the mark of publisher Tsutaya Jûzaburô and the kiwame seal at lower right.


Utamaro hitsu 歌麿筆


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, about 1795 (Kansei 7)

Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #214 (this design mentioned but not illustrated); Ukiyo-e shûka 13 (1981), fig. 53; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #60.5


Vertical aiban; 33.5 x 22.5 cm (13 3/16 x 8 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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