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Triptych (three sheets of incomplete pentaptych): 11.14406 (left), 11.14407 (right), 11.14423 (center) MFA impressions: Complete pentaptych, benigirai: 21.7721-5 Three left sheets, benigirai: 11.14406VR (11.14406, 11.14407, 11.14423) Two right sheets, later edition in full color: 11.14453-4

Signed

Utamaro hitsu (on each sheet) 歌麿筆

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 1797–99 (Kansei 9–11)

Object Place

Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #286; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #342.1-5, and pls. 170-174; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 26.2.1-4, 27.2.1; Yoshida, Utamaro zenshû (1941), #414; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #343; Utamaro Ukiyo-e shû (1926), #51 (incomplete)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 38.8 x 78.3 cm (15 1/4 x 30 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14406, 11.14407, 11.14423

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints