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No. 31, Kumoi, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans (Meigi sanjûroku kasen)

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Inscription

雲井 はいかいを このみ 素外の門に入り また 書は 佐々木文山の作をしたひて かい書をよくせり 人 聞きて 客となり 来たりていふ おみなの四角な 文字書は こゝろにくしとて 金百両をあたえて 質物にとれり これよりして 楷書を せずときけり 此の雲井 才媛にして よく種々の文をつくりし中に たもとの 枝折といふ 文の末に   くきにつや     ただ春の日の めぐみより  梅屋栄中 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), 8th month

Catalogue Raisonné

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

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.42786

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints