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The First Month (Mutsuki), from the series Annual Events for Young Murasaki (Wakamurasaki nenjû gyôji no uchi)

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MFA impressions: 00.970-2 (different edition?), 11.15229VR (11.15229, 11.15756, 11.15757), 11.29885VR (11.29885, 11.45213a-b), 11.45192a-c, 11.45200a-c


Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Kunisada aratame Toyokuni ga (on center sheet), Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on left sheet) 一陽斎豊国画 国貞舎豊国画 香蝶楼豊国画


Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Watanabe


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) 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, 1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G316-01, pl. 43


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.4 x 73.7 cm (14 5/16 x 29 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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