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A Modern Version of the Story of Ushiwakamaru Serenading Jôruri-hime

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Triptych: 11.25128 (right), 11.25130 (center), 34.358 (left) First edition, first state. MFA impressions, all first edition, various states: Right sheet: 11.13885 (second state), 11.13975 (key block, second state), 11.25128 (first state), 21.7505 (third state) Center sheet: 11.13976 (key block,...

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Kiyonaga ga 清長画


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 1785 (Tenmei 5)

Object Place

Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0707 (#707A, first edition, pl. LXX; #707B, second edition, pl. LXXVII); Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #30.1-3; Ukiyo-e shûka 10 (1979), pls. 210-2 (Grabhorn collection, first state of first edition)


Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.25128, 11.25130, 34.358

Medium or Technique

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