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Courtesans Parading at New Year: Komurasaki of the Tamaya and Sanshû of the Tsutaya (Tamaya uchi Komurasaki, Tsutaya uchi Sanshû)

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Diptych (or two sheets of incomplete triptych?): 11.14959 (right), 11.14960 (left) MFA impressions: 11.14959-60 (diptych), 21.8406 (left sheet only)


Eishi monjin Gokyô ga (on each sheet) 栄之門人五郷画


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1790 (Kansei 2)

  • Artist Gokyô, Japanese, active about 1765
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Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano, Kiyonaga (1939), #C24; Brandt, Hosoda Eishi (1977), fig. 534 (R only), list no. D24; Ukiyo-e shûka 8 (1980), Gokyô list, #s 3-4; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan 4, V&A I (1989), pl. 113 (R); Hizô 9, Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels, pl. 186 (L)


Vertical ôban diptych; 39.1 x 51.8 cm (15 3/8 x 20 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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