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Parody of Narihira's Journey to the East

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Triptych: 11.14415 (left), 11.14476 (center), 11.14477 (right)


Utamaro hitsu (on each sheet)


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) 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, about 1797–98 (Kansei 9–10)

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #197.1-3; Ukiyo-e shûka 10 (1979), pls. 124-6; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 22.3.1-3 (center only)


Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.14415, 11.14476, 11.14477

Medium or Technique

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