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No. 35, Morokoshi, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans (Meigi sanjûroku kasen)

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Inscription

もろこしの話 こは いま紀文 と よばれぬる 通子の ために ねびき せられて 手いけの 花と ながめられしが いくほどもなく 他へかし いまに さる家へ とつがざれば ならざるよしの いできぬるが さとを はなれて ことづまを かさぬることの はづ かし とて   たもとにも つゝみあまるや      つゝまなべ かくくちずさみ いでたりとぞ  三亭春馬 記     栄中 書

Signed

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

Marks

Censor's seal: Chicken 1 aratame No blockcutter's mark 改印: 酉正改 彫師: なし

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), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

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

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.42811

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints