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Wakaume of the Tamaya in Edo-machi itchôme, kamuro Mumeno and Iroka (Edo-machi itchôme, Tamaya uchi Wakaume Mumeno Iroka)

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MFA impressions: 11.14300, 21.6394


Poem, by Hachi no Nankô: Shiromuku no/ yuki no uchi yori/ saki-idete/ na mo kôbashiki/ Wakaume no hana 白むくの 雪のうちより 咲いでゝ 名もかうばしき 若梅の花  蜂南江


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, #127; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #27.2, and pl. 121; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 50.1.2; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #33


Vertical ôban; 38.5 x 25.6 cm (15 3/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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