Concubine (Mekake) (right), Weaver (Hataori) (left), from the book Comparisons of the Customs of Women (Onna fûzoku shinasadame)
「女風俗品さだめ 妾」 「女風俗品さだめ 機織」
about 1795 (Kansei 7)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806)
http://togetter.com/li/905917; Collier-Suzuki, Complete Prints of Utamaro (2009), #s 115.6 and 115.9
Two vertical yotsugiri (quarter ôban) designs on uncut horizontal chûban sheet; 20.4 x 28.1 cm (8 1/16 x 11 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper
Not On View
Joint image: 11.21689 (top), 11.21688 (bottom).
歌麿画 女風俗品さだめ 妾
歌麿画 女風俗品さだめ 機織
Utamaro ga (on each design)
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