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Two Beauties Playing Neck Tug-of-war: For the West, Okita of the Naniwaya, and for the East, Ohisa of the Takashimaya (Nishi no kata Naniwaya Kita, higashi no kata Takashima Hisa)

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Utamaro hitsu 歌麿筆


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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 1793–94 (Kansei 5–6)

Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #113; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #86.3, and pl. 136; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 235.1.3 (without inscription)


Horizontal ôban; 26 x 38.6 cm (10 1/4 x 15 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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