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Courtesans Parading under Cherry Blossoms: Utagiku of the Takeya, kamuro Utagi and Utano; Tomikawa of the Matsubaya, kamuro Onami and Menami; Hanamurasaki of the Kado-Tamaya, kamuro Hanano and Haruno

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Triptych: 11.14137 (right), 11.14138 (left), 11.14139 (center)


Eishi ga (on each sheet) 栄之画


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 1792–93 (Kansei 4–5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brandt, Hosoda Eishi (1977), fig. 170 (center sheet only), list no. 134


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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