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No. 13, Kokonoe, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans (Meigi sanjûroku kasen)

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MFA impressions: 11.42809, 11.45306


九重の話 ある武家に うばづとめ せしころ わが あずかりの おさなご 人のこに けがさせしに そのこ はてたるにぞ つゐに おふやけざた と なりけるが こは もと うばの おちどなれば みを かはたけへしずめて つみを あがなへ かし とて ことすみたれば しりぞくとき  はてしなき          ながれの みずを    うきよの すえに          いつまでぞ             すみだ川           くむ かくよみたるは あはれなり  三亭春馬 記     栄中 書


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


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, 1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 12th month

Catalogue Raisonné

C's Ukiyo-e Museum,


Vertical ôban; 34.5 x 24 cm (13 9/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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