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No. 9, Wakamurasaki, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans (Meigi sanjûroku kasen)

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MFA impressions: 11.42782, 11.45309


わかむらさきの話 けいせいの 意気地といふもの すたり たれば あまり つれなくし給はで ちとは なさけも あきなひ給へ といひ つる人に こたふるやう  はる風や 花には    はなの あひしらい ふるとふらぬは その時と きやくに よりての かけひきにてはべれば ふるも 手くだの 秘事 かくこころえて はん べるまま かならず あんじ給はるなど 右の 一句を さらさらと あふぎにしたため あたえしとぞ  三亭春馬 記     栄中 書


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


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

Catalogue Raisonné

C's Ukiyo-e Museum,


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Medium or Technique

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