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Women in an Iris Garden; Parody of the Kagaribi Chapter of the Tale of Genji

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Triptych: 11.23064 (left), 11.23065 (right), 11.23066 (center) MFA impressions: 11.23064-6, 21.7645-7


Eishô ga (on each sheet) 栄昌画


Censor's seal: kiwame (on each sheet) 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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1794–95 (Kansei 6–7)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 10, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, I (1988), pl. 188; Ukiyo-e shûka 8 (1980), Eishô list, #54; Brandt, Hosoda Eishi (1977), list no. A139 (no photo)


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.9 x 70.7 cm (14 1/8 x 27 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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