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No. 28, Utanosuke, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans (Meigi sanjûroku kasen)

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歌之助 こは ちかむかし 遊女なりしが いまだ 禿立のころより 碁をこのみて 妙を えたり されば 今 盛りとなりし時 碁ばん の めに 黒白の石をあらせし もよふ小袖 を用いしまま このそめもよふ 世におこなは れて いと はやりしとなん また ある人 傾城の碁といふ 題をいだして 句を もとめければ  碁 いちもく    くがいの 暑さ わすれけり  梅屋栄中 記


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 8th month

Catalogue Raisonné

C's Ukiyo-e Museum,


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Medium or Technique

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