Courtesan Parading with Two Kamuro

道中の遊女と禿

Japanese
Edo period
about 1766 (Meiwa 3)
Artist Komatsuken (Japanese), Designer Ryûkôdô Sayô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Suzuki Harunobu (exh. cat., 2017), #55; Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #622; Ukiyo-e shûka supp. 2 (1982), pl. 373

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 30.7 x 20.6 cm (12 1/16 x 8 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.19711

Medium or Technique

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

Out on Loan

On display at Chiba City Museum of Art, Japan, September 6, 2017 – October 23, 2017

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.19711 (first state?), 21.5693 (second state, without designer’s signature)

Signed

Ryûkôdô Sayô kô (designer); Komatsuken ga (artist)

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: August 3, 1911)

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