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No. 5, Koguruma, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans (Meigi sanjûroku kasen)

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Inscription

小車 此遊女 猫をこのみ わが子のごとく あいせしが いかにして ある夜より そのねこの 行末をしら ず これを ふかくなげき ついに やまひのとこに ふしぬ ある人 客となり 是をあはれみ つちを もて猫をつくり これをおくりけるに その ねこ さきの猫に 少しもたがわず その猫の かゑりし心地して いとよろこびしに しだいに 病も こころよくなりければ その いわ井着 はおり 唄の上に しきせをいだすとて よめる句に   想猫に 見せばや紋の かげひなた  梅星 栄中 記

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

11.42797

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints