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Young Woman Riding a Turtle (Parody of the Story of Urashima Tarô), second state

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MFA impressions: first state: 21.4594; second state: 11.19424 The first state is a calendar for 1765; in the second state, the calendrical markings have been removed.




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, about 1765 (Meiwa 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse cat. #047; MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #26; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #133.2, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 167


Horizontal chûban; 22 x 27.1 cm (8 11/16 x 10 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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