Connoisseurs of the Yoshiwara: A Flourishing House of Pleasure / Birds at Play: A Commotion in the Birdcage (Asobi wa toridori kago no nigiwai)

「廓通色々青楼全盛 (あそびはとりどりかごのにぎわい)」

Japanese
Edo period
1867 (Keiô 3), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshifuji (Japanese, 1828–1889), Publisher Hanabusaya Bunzô, Blockcutter Watanabe Eizô (Hori Ei) (Japanese, 1833–1901)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #38

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.3 × 48.3 cm (13 7/8 × 19 in.)

Accession Number

11.39769a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Two right sheets of incomplete triptych.

MFA impressions: 11.37356a-c (complete triptych), 11.39769a-b (two right sheets only)

Signed

Yoshifuji ga (on each sheet)
芳藤画

Markings

Censor's seal: Hare 6 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ei
改印:卯六改
彫師:彫栄

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