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Removing Oil from the Hair (Abura tori), from the series A Contest of Birds (Tori awase)

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「鵲巣庵 ゆいたてゝ髪にいたゝく白かねのかさしもゆかし玉の初春」「楽聖庵 すく髪のふけよりしろしまくり鏡月に柳の花のまふみゆ」

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Ôju Kunisada ga 応需国貞画

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, 1820s

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 21.6 x 18.7 cm (8 1/2 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.19892

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints