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Woman Threading a Needle, from the series Types of the Floating World Seen through a Physiognomist's Glass (Ukiyo jinsei tengankyô)

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MFA impressions: 11.15625 (blue background), 34.467 (yellow background)


「はりてもねからおちざる白露をよく/\見れば玉のかんさし 需に応して山東庵京山題」


Gototei Kunisada ga 五渡亭国貞画


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 1830 (Tenpô 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Memorial Museum of Art, Utagawa-ha (Kobijutsu special issue, 1986), #84; another print in the series: Izzard, Kunisada's World (12993), #60


Vertical ôban; 38.1 x 25.4 cm (15 x 10 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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