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Mother-in-law Criticizing the Bride, from the series Humorous Poems of the Willow (Haifû yanagidaru)

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MFA impressions: 11.19376, 21.5600 The series title refers to a collection of humorous poems issued annually from 1765 on by Karai Senryû (1719-1790) and his followers.


Poem: Sodeguchi o/ futatsu ni narashite/ yome o yobi 袖口を二ツならして嫁をよび


Kiyonaga ga 清長画


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1785 (Tenmei 5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0724; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #236.3, and pl. 135


Vertical chûban; 25.6 x 19.4 cm (10 1/16 x 7 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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