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Young Woman Tying Her Obi beside a Bamboo Bench

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Right sheet of an incomplete diptych (or possibly triptych). MFA impressions: 11.13402 (first state, with calendar marks on the smoking set and signature of designer Shisen), 21.4592 (second state, with calendar marks and signature removed)


Shisen kô (designer)


Designer's seal: Shi


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, 1765 (Meiwa 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse cat. #066; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #160.1, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 176


Vertical chûban; 23.6 x 17.8 cm (9 5/16 x 7 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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