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Twelve Courtesans of the Ôgiya on Display

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Triptych: 11.14413 (left), 11.14451 (center), 11.14452 (right)


Utamaro hitsu (on each sheet)


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, 1806 (Bunka 3), 6th month

Object Place

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #316.1-3; Ukiyo-e shûka 12 (1980), pls. 192-4; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 20.3.1-3


Vertical ôban triptych; 38.8 x 79.2 cm (15 1/4 x 31 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14413, 11.14451, 11.14452

Medium or Technique

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