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A Maid Who Serves Her Master Well (above); A Maid Who Gossips About Her Master (below); from the series Lessons in Good and Evil Through Pictures (Kyôkun zen'aku zukai)

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Ryôdôjin Yoshitoshi giga (on each design)


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Meiji era, 1880 (Meiji 13), February 23


Two horizontal chûban on uncut vertical ôban sheet

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