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Unlicensed Courtesans Walking along Shijôgawara in Kyoto (Kyôto Shijôgawara hakujin yukikai no zu): Honzume of Ponto-chô (R), and Nakazume, a Geisha of Gion (Gion-machi geiko) (L), with a Guide to the HIgashiyama Area of Kyoto (HIgashiyama saiken)

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Diptych (two sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.15114 (right), 11.15214 (left)


Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 五渡亭国貞画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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, late 1820s

Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 4, Victoria and Albert Museum I (1989), pl. 194 (complete triptych)


Vertical ôban diptych; 37.9 x 49.7 cm (14 15/16 x 19 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15114, 11.15214

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (aizuri-e); color on paper