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Fujiwara no Yasumasa Playing the Flute by Moonlight, a Painting Shown at the Exhibition for the Advancement of Painting in Autumn 1882 (Meiji jûgo mizunoe uma kishû Kaiga Kyôshinkai shuppinga Fujiwara no Yasumasa gekka fue o moteasobu zu, ôju)

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Triptych: 11.20238 (left), 11.20239 (center), 11.20240 (right)


Taiso Yoshitoshi sha (on left sheet only)


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Meiji era, 1883 (Meiji 16), February 12

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Catalogue Raisonné

Newland, Yoshitoshi (2011), #81; Shioya, "Katsureki...," in Ukiyo-e geijutsu 147 (2004), p. 30, fig. 1; Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Musha-e (2003), #27


Vertical ôban triptych; 37.5 x 73.5 cm (14 3/4 x 28 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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