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The Taikô and His Five Wives on an Excursion to the East of Kyoto (Taikô gosai Rakutô yûkan no zu)

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Triptych: 21.7697 (left), 21.7698 (center), 21.7699 (right) MFA impressions: 11.14509-11, 21.7697-9 The triptych depicts a historical event of of 1598, the 15th day of the third month, when the ruler of Japan, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who used the title Taikô, held a cherry-blossom viewing party...

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Utamaro hitsu (on each sheet) 歌麿筆


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June 23, 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding at Sotheby's; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

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William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1803–04 (Kyôwa 3–Bunka 1)

Catalogue Raisonné

Machida City Mus., Dai musha-e ten (2003), #II-1; Asano and Clark 1995, #432; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #511.1-3, and figs. 26-8 (b/w); Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 40.3.1-3; Yoshida, Utamaro zenshû (1941), #615; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #338


Vertical ôban triptych; 39 x 76.2 cm (15 3/8 x 30 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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