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From the Tamaya Yahachi, Kon and Kikuji on the shamisen and Isono on the kokyû (R); from the Ômon Fujiya, Nui and Chiyo (L); from the series Assorted Skits by the Geisha of the Pleasure Houses at the Niwaka Festival (Seirô geiko niwaka kyôgen zukushi)

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Koryû ga (on each side) 湖竜画


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 1776–81 (An'ei 5–Tenmei 1)

Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #42; Hockley 2003, p. 212, #L-1-1; Gentles, AIC cat. II (1965), p. 239, #123; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. I (1960), #670 (right half only)


Uncut vertical chûban diptych on horizontal ôban sheet; 26 x 38.3 cm (10 1/4 x 15 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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