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No. 33, Usugumo, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans (Meigi sanjûroku kasen)

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薄雲の話 やむことなき 君 ゆびさして みやかたへ つれ給ひしかど さらに みこころに した がひまいらせねば 君 いかりのあまり みづから なぶりぎりに さいなみ給ひしに   つまならぬ      こころに      つまかさね    そまぬ     せし          つまぞ        みながらも    かさねし かくうちぎんじ はてたりとぞ アゝ おしむべし のちのちの あそびめ これを ききつたえて ゐきじを たつること とはなりぬ  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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

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

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C's Ukiyo-e Museum,


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Medium or Technique

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