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Chinese Beauties at a Banquet

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Triptych: 11.14512 (center), 11.14513 (right), 11.14514 (left) In first state, the scroll held by the beauty in the right sheet showed an erotic picture; in this, the second state, it has been romoved. MFA impressions: 11.14512-4, 21.7718-20


Utamaro ga (in seal script, on each sheet) 歌麿画


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1788–90 (Tenmei 8–Kansei 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #42; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #14; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 8.2.1-3


Vertical ôban triptych; 37.8 x 75.3 cm (14 7/8 x 29 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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