Couple Playing a Duet on Koto and Shakuhachi
Meiji-era reprint from Edo-period blocks?
original: about 1767–68 (Meiwa 4–5)
Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #261; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #518, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 283
Vertical chûban; 27.7 x 20.3 cm (10 7/8 x 8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Second state, with heads replaced. Probably a Meiji reprint from the original blocks.
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