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The Fifth Month, from the series Twelve Months in the South (Minami jûni kô)

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Diptych: 11.13944 (left), 11.30358 (right) MFA impressions: left sheet: 11.13944, 21.5607 right sheet: 11.30358, 21.5629

Signed

Kiyonaga ga (on each sheet) 清長画

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 1784 (Tenmei 4)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0627; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #12.3, and pls. 36-7

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 39 x 52.5 cm (15 3/8 x 20 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.13944, 11.30358

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints