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Spending Too Much Time Enjoying Onself by Listening to Blind Musicians or Going Sightseeing (Asobi ni chôji arui wa zatô o atsume arui wa kenbutsu o suki konomu koto), from the series A Treasury of Admonitions to Young Ladies (Jijo hôkun onna Imagawa)

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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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1784 (Tenmei 4)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0663; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #233.7, and pl. 129


Vertical chûban; 25.9 x 19 cm (10 3/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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