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No. 30, Hanamurasaki, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans (Meigi sanjûroku kasen)

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花紫 いと みやびこゝろ ふかく 常に茶を このみ 日ごと 新造 小ども ならべて 茶事を おくこと たのしみとせり 是を さる 君のきゝて むくつけき 男子 いで立 客となり来りしを ただ 座につきし さまをみて はやくも 茶人といふことを さとり 茶席ふうに もてなしければ それに そふたる人々 ふしぎかほ なし けるをみて たはむれに よめる   身にばかり     匂ふはいかに やみの梅  菱亭栄中 誌

Signed

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

Provenance

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), 9th month

Catalogue Raisonné

C's Ukiyo-e Museum, http://homepage2.nifty.com/ukiyo-e/index.html

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.42812

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints