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Figures from Ôtsu-e Paintings of the Floating World in a Drunken Stupor (Ukiyo-e Ôtsu no renchû suimin no zu)

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MFA impressions: 11.34998.61a-b, 11.42038a-b From an album of satirical prints, 11.34998.1-112.


Ôju Seisei (hidden in design at upper left) 応需惺々


No censor's seal No blockcutter's mark No publisher's mark


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 29, 2004) 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–Meiji era, about 1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1)

Catalogue Raisonné

Bakumatsu Meiji no tensai eshi Kawanabe Kyôsai ten (1998), #122; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 5, Victoria and Albert Museum II (1987), pl. 197


Vertical ôban diptych

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Medium or Technique

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