Courtesan with a Pipe
about late 1820s
Artist Yashima Gakutei (Japanese, 1786?–1868)
The first version of this print: Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #46; another print from the later series: McKee, Colored in the Year's New Light (Becker coll. exh. ca., 2008), #48
Shikishiban; 20.6 x 18 cm (8 1/8 x 7 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink, color, and metallic pigment on paper
Not On View
From a series that re-used the figures of courtesans from the series Keisei mitate Ressenden shichiban no uchi, with the allusions to Taoist immortals removed, a new brown background, and new poems.
Artist's seal: Yashima
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