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No. 12, Komurasaki, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans (Meigi sanjûroku kasen)

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MFA impressions: 11.42804, 11.45302, 11.45303


小むらさきの話 かぶき 浄るり ものの本につくりもう けて ふるくより かたりつたへし たいふ なるが いと たけのみち すぐれしかば ある夜の あめの つれづれを なぐさむよすがに 八重桜 てふ こうたの ふしをつけつつも ふかまの きゃくの なにがしと 京竹を あはして うたひしとぞ  ゆかりとは うれしき    いろぞ かいつばた こは ある人に ききしまゝ 筆のついでに しるしはんべる  三亭春馬 記     栄中 書


Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche 応需豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Chicken 1 aratame No blockcutter's mark 改印: 酉正改 彫師: なし


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

C's Ukiyo-e Museum,


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Medium or Technique

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