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No. 8, Nagao, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans (Meigi sanjûroku kasen)

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MFA impressions: 11.42805, 11.45298, 11.45299


なが尾の話 いかに やさしく かりそめにも ぶる と いふこと さらさらなく きやくに まことのふかか りしが ある夜 いちざの まらうどが ものいさかひを なしたるにぞ みな たちさはぐ そがなかに いささか おぢ たるけしきもなく  すれすれの 木賊の     なかや つゆの月 かくよみたれば ひとびとは はぢて なりおば しづめしとぞ  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,; Ôta Memorial Museum of Art, Edo engei hana zukushi (2009), #106


Vertical ôban; 36.8 x 25.3 cm (14 1/2 x 9 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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