A Modern Version of the Story of Ushiwakamaru Serenading Jôruri-hime
about 1785 (Tenmei 5)
Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)
Hirano 1939, #0707 (#707A, first edition, pl. LXX; #707B, second edition, pl. LXXVII); Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #30.1-3; Ukiyo-e shûka 10 (1979), pls. 210-2 (Grabhorn collection, first state of first edition)
Vertical ôban; 39.2 x 26.7 cm (15 7/16 x 10 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper
Not On View
Center sheet of incomplete triptych. Second state of the first edition, with the heads replaced by means of newly-cut inlays in the key block.
MFA impressions, all first edition, various states:
Right sheet: 11.13885 (second state), 11.13975 (key block, second state), 11.25128 (first state), 21.7505 (third state)
Center sheet: 11.13976 (key block, second state), 11.25130 (first state), 21.7504 (first state), 34.359 (first state)
Left sheet: 11.25129 (second state), 21.7503 (first state), 34.358 (first state)
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection