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Courtesans under Cherry Trees in Front of the Daikokuya

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Triptych: 11.14548 (left), 11.14549 (center), 11.14550 (right) MFA impressions: 11.14408 (left sheet only), 11.14548-50, 21.7668-70 The courtesans and their attendants, from the right: Nabiki of the Wakamatsuya, kamuro Takeji and Kikuji, with Naniwae, Hanasumi, Nanasato, and Nanahime Yoshino...

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Signed

Utamaro ga (on each sheet) 歌麿画

Provenance

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 1789–90 (Kansei 1–2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #12.1-3, and pls. 96-8

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.14548-50

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints