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No. 6, Ikuyo, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans (Meigi sanjûroku kasen)

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いく代の話 こは 今の世に いくよもぢ てふ 名を のこしぬる あそびめなるが そのこころ ざま ただしくして こびを うるなる あそびめには にげなき 気しつに おんなに あるとき やいと すゆるとて すぎつるははの をしえぬる そがことの ちゑを おもいひでて   親のおん わすれぬ ためぞ 二日灸 かくすさみつつ たらちねの あい いと ふかきをかたりつつ そぞろ なみだに むせたりとぞ  三亭春馬 記     栄中 書


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


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


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, 1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

C's Ukiyo-e Museum,


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Medium or Technique

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