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Ono no Komachi Washing a Manuscript

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Okumura Masanobu zu


seal: Masanobu


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

Sôshiarai Komachi

Japanese, Edo period, about Shôtoku (1711–16) to early Kyôhô (1716–36) era

Catalogue Raisonné

KJM2-Ukiyo-080; Drama and Desire (2007), cat. no. 15; Clark, Morse, Virgin, and Hockley, Dawn of the Floating World (2000-1), #39


Image: 38 x 55.8 cm (14 15/16 x 21 15/16 in.) Overall (including braid): 143 x 76.7 cm

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Medium or Technique

Hanging scroll; ink, color, gold, and silver on paper