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Three Big Girls

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Three sisters, ages 8, 12 and 16, originally from Kumamoto in Higo Province.


Baichôrô Kunisada ga (on right sheet), Ichijusai Kunisada ga (on left sheet) 梅蝶楼国貞画 一寿斎国貞画


Censors' seals: aratame, Dragon 4


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) 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, 1856 (Ansei 3), 4th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 5 (1980), #249; Ono, Misemono fûzoku zushi (1977), p. 1


Vertical ôban diptych

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Medium or Technique

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