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New Year's Day in the Yoshiwara

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Diptych (two sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.14767 (right), 11.14768 (left) MFA impressions: 11.14767-8 (two right sheets only), 21.7512-4 (complete triptych) The courtesans are: Katachino of the Ôgiya, kamuro Wakana and Kochô (right) Segawa of the Matsubaya, kamuro Inashi and Yukari (left)


Shunchô ga (on each sheet) 春潮画


Artist's seal: Chûrin


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1785–89 (late Tenmei era)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 12, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin (1988), pl. 85; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 2 (1962), #1708 (left sheet only); Ukiyo-e taisei 6 (1930), #213 (center sheet only)


Vertical ôban diptych; 39.9 x 51 cm (15 11/16 x 20 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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