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Courtesans Viewing Cherry Blossoms

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Triptych: 11.14010 (left), 11.14011 (center), 11.14012 (right) MFA impressions: 11.13959 (C, key block), 11.14007-9 (complete triptych), 11.14010-2 (complete triptych), 21.7431-2 (L and C) The courtesans are, from the right: Nioteru of the Ôgiya, kamuro: Namiji and Ômi Utahime of the...

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Kiyonaga ga (on each sheet) 清長画


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, 1785 (Tenmei 5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0797; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #38


Vertical ôban triptych; 38.5 x 77 cm (15 3/16 x 30 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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