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Courtesans Parading under Cherry Blossoms: Hanamurasaki of the Tamaya, kamuro Hanano and Kaori (R); Kichô of the Owaruya, kamuro Ageha and Kochô (CR); Shiratama of the Ya-Tamaya, kamuro Yachiyo and Tsubaki (CL); and Hanaôgi of the Ôgiya, kamuro Yoshino an

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Kôchôrô Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 香蝶楼国貞画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) 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, 1830s


Vertical ôban tetraptych; 37 x 99.6 cm (14 9/16 x 39 3/16 in.)

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