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Willows in the First Mist (Hatsukasumi yanagi): Otama Playing the Kokyû (R), and Play of the Strings (Ito asobi): Osugi Playing the Shamisen (L)

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Diptych: 11.26816 (right), 11.26817 (left)


Kôchôrô Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 香蝶楼国貞画


Artist's seal: double toshidama


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, late 1820s–early 1830s

Catalogue Raisonné

Tsuda, "Ryûô-tei Edo no Hananari...," Ukiyo-e geijutsu 161 (2011), p. 45, fig. 9; Rijksmuseum, The Ear Catches the Eye (2001), #82; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan 12, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin (1988), pl. 179; Keyes, Chester Beatty cat. I (1985), #243


Shikishiban diptych; 21.2 x 18.8 cm (8 3/8 x 7 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper