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The Second Month (Kisaragi), from the series Twelve Months of Genji in the Modern Style (Imayô Genji jûni tsuki no uchi)

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Triptych: 11.15083 (left), 11.15754 (center), 11.15755 (right)


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 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: 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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1859 (Ansei 6), 10th month


Vertical ôban triptych; 37 x 76.6 cm (14 9/16 x 30 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15083, 11.15754, 11.15755

Medium or Technique

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