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The Cruel Conditions of the Floating World (Yo wa nasakenaku ukiyo no arisama): Mixed Lines (Kakeawase serifu) for Yokogushi no Otomi, Kirare Yosa, Taizaemon, and Kômori Yasu; Actors Seki Sanjûrô III as Taizaemon and Onoe Baikô IV as Yokogushi no Otomi (r

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Diptych: 11.35950 (left), 11.38605 (right) MFA impressions: 11.29507.15a-b, 11.35950VR (11.35950, 11.38605), 11.35952VR (11.35952, 11.38623) Based on a performance of the play Yo was Nasake Ukiyo no Yokogushi at the Nakiamura Theater in Edo in the third month of 1853 (Kaei 6).




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 1855 (Ansei 2)


Vertical ôban diptych

Accession Number

11.35950, 11.38605

Medium or Technique

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