Courtesans Playing Music; based on the triptych Concert of Three Instruments (Sankyoku yûen no zu), from the series Genji in Modern Style (Imayô Genji)
Marks et al, Genji's World (2012), list G055 (no photo)
Vertical ôban diptych, creped; 21 x 30.9 cm (8 1/4 x 12 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper, creped
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.21398-400 (complete triptych), 11.45409a-b (two left sheets, without background, creped)
It is not clear whether or not this version included a third sheet with a new title.
Kunichika ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
Censor's seal: Monkey 10 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
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)
 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