Courtesans, with poems by Jippensha Ikku

遊女

Japanese
Edo period
about 1813–14 (Bunka 10–11)
Artist Kikukawa Eizan (Japanese, 1787–1867)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.2 x 23.5 cm (13 7/8 x 9 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.26676-7

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.26676 (left), 11.26677 (right)

Inscription

Poems by Jippensha Ikku

Signed

Eizan hitsu (on each sheet)
英山筆

Markings

Censor's seals (at right edge, almost cut off): kiwame, Marubun (Maruya Bun'emon)

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