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Peony: Hanaôgi of the Ôgiya at Edo-machi Itchôme, kamuro Yoshino and Tatsuta, from an untitled series of courtesans compared to flowers

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MFA impressions: 11.14315, 21.6462 The MFA impressions have no publisher's mark. The Honolulu impression has the mark of publisher Maruya Jinpachi and some differences in the color blocks along the lower edge.


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 1802 (Kyôwa 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #180.2; Ukiyo-e shûka 10 (1979), pl. 131; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 78.3.2


Vertical ôban; 38.5 x 26.3 cm (15 3/16 x 10 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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