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Women Imitating an Imperial Procession

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Diptych (two right sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.14385 (right), 11.14434 (left) MFA impressions: 11.14385VR (11.14385, 11.14434; two right sheets only), 11.14480-1 (two right sheets only), 21.7706-8 (complete triptych), 21.7709-11 (complete triptych)


Utamaro hitsu (on each sheet) 歌麿筆


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, 1805 (Bunka 2), 10th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #245.1-3, and pls. 211-3; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 31.3.1-3


Vertical ôban diptych

Accession Number

11.14385, 11.14434

Medium or Technique

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