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Wakamurasaki of the Tamaya in Edo-machi Itchôme, kamuro Shinobu and Tasoya (R), Segawa of the Matsubaya in Edo-machi Itchôme, kamuro Chidori and Midori (L), both from the series Comparison of Ten Types of Courtesans (Yûkun juttai awase)

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Shikô ga (on each design)


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period,


Two uncut vertical chûban on horizontal ôban sheet; 24.8 x 36.3 cm (9 3/4 x 14 5/16 in.)

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Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper