Courtesans, from the album Yoshiwara keisei shin bijin awase jihitsu kagami (New Beauties of the Yoshiwara in the Mirror of their Own Script)

吉原傾城新美人合自筆鏡

Japanese
Edo period
1784 (Tenmei 4)
Artist Kitao Masanobu (Santô Kyôden) (Japanese, 1761–1816)


Dimensions

Horizontal double ôban; 37.3 x 50.6 cm (14 11/16 x 19 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.26662

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The complete album: 11.26658-64 (pictures) plus 11.42322-23 (text panels and covers).

MFA impressions of the intact book: 34.394 (2nd edition), 2006.1341 (2nd edition), 2006.1589 (1st edition)

Signed

(this page unsigned)
無款

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