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Parody of the Tsutsu Izutsu Story from the Tales of Ise (Ise monogatari)

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Triptych: 11.14057 (center), 11.14078 (left), 11.14097 (right) MFA impressions: 11.14057VR (11.14057, 11.14078, 11.14097), 21.7574-6


Eishi ga (on each sheet) 栄之画


Censor's seal: kiwame (on each sheet) 改印: 極


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 1793 (Kansei 5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan 9, Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels (1989), pl. 180; Ukiyo-e shûka 8 (1980), Eishi list, #77; Brandt, Hosoda Eishi (1977), fig. 204, list no. 140; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #545 (C & L only)


Vertical ôban triptych; 39.5 x 78.4 cm (15 9/16 x 30 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.14057, 11.14078, 11.14097

Medium or Technique

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