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A Young Widow (Waka goke), from the series Short Comic Stories by the Rakugo Master Sanshôtei Karaku (Ichibu senkô sokuseki banashi, Sanshôtei Karaku)

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Sanshôtei Karaku I (1777-1833) was one of the first rakugo performers (comic storytellers) and the founder of a line that continues to the present day. "Ichibu senkô sokuseki banashi," a story short enough to be told while one stick of temple incense burned, was the first kind of story taught...

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Gototei Kunisada ga 五渡亭国貞画


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1820s


Vertical ôban; 39.2 x 26.7 cm (15 7/16 x 10 1/2 in.)

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