User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Courtesan Seated on a Bench

Start collecting


Yamato giga Kaigetsudô matsuyo Anchi kore kore [o] zu [su]


seal illegible


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

Endai bijin zu

Japanese, Edo period, about Hôei (1704–11) to Shôtoku (1711–6) era

Catalogue Raisonné

KJM2-Ukiyo-070; Drama and Desire (2007), cat. no. 8; Clark, Morse, Virgin, and Hockley, Dawn of the Floating World (2000-1), #83


Image: 96.8 x 51 cm (38 1/8 x 20 1/16 in. ) Overall (including braid): 204.3 x 75 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper