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Flowers and Birds: Genji and His Companions Sharing a Boat (Hana ni tori noriai Genji)

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Triptych: 11.21606 (right), 11.21607 (center), 11.25122 (left) MFA impressions: 11.21606VR (11.21606, 11.21607, 11.25122; complete triptych), 11.45208a-b (two right sheets only)


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Goat 8 aratame No blockcutter's mark 改印: 未八改 彫師: なし


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, 1859 (Ansei 6), 8th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Rijksmuseum, The Ear Catches the Eye (2001), #67


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.5 x 73.9 cm (14 3/8 x 29 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.21606, 11.21607, 11.25122

Medium or Technique

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