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Komurasaki of the Tamaya (R), ... of the Matsubaya (C), and Hashidate of the Ôgiya (L), from the series Fashionable Comparisons of the Famous Flowers of the Pleasure Quarters (Fûryû seirô meika awase)

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Triptych: 11.17698 (center), 11.17701 (left), 20.87 (right)



Kikugawa Eizan hitsu (on each sheet) 菊川英山筆


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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 1814–17 (Bunka 11–14)

Object Place


Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.17698, 11.17701, 20.87

Medium or Technique

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