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Song Composed by the Empress (Kôgôgû gosei shôka)

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Diptych: 11.16135 (left), 11.18163 (right)


Toyohara Kunichika hitsu 豊原国周筆


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, Meiji era, 1887 (Meiji 20), September 8

Catalogue Raisonné

Meech-Pekarik, The World of the Meiji Print (1986), fig. 68; Tanba, Nishiki-e ni miru Meiji tennô to Meiji jidai (1966), #55


Vertical ôban diptych; 37.4 x 49.7 cm (14 3/4 x 19 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.16135, 11.18163

Medium or Technique

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