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A Modern Version of the Concert of Ushiwakamaru and Jôruri-hime

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Diptych (two sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.14433 (left), 11.14446 (right)


Utamaro hitsu (on each sheet)


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 1798–99 (Kansei 10–11)

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #572.1-3, and pls. 69-71; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 41.3.1-3; Yoshida, Utamaro zenshû (1941), #342 (incomplete); Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #342 (incomplete)


Vertical ôban diptych; 39.2 x 51.6 cm (15 7/16 x 20 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14433, 11.14446

Medium or Technique

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