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Artificial Flowers (Tsukuribana): A Private Performance of Women's Kabuki (On-zashiki onna kyôgen), from the series Six Fashionable Floral Selections (Fûryû rokkasen no uchi)

about 1836–42 (late Tenpô era)

Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864 Japanese Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô), Japanese Japanese


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.7 x 77.3 cm (14 1/16 x 30 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40625a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia , Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

A performance of the play Yoshitsune Senbonzakura.

Inscription

「立川梅子丈」

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) 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