From the Tamaya Yahachi, Kon and Kikuji on the shamisen and Isono on the kokyû (R); from the Ômon Fujiya, Nui and Chiyo (L); from the series Niwaka Festival Skits by the Geisha of the Pleasure Quarters (Seirô geiko Niwaka kyôgen zukushi)

「青楼芸子俄狂言尽 玉屋弥八内 三味線 こん きくじ こきう いその」、 「青楼芸子俄狂言尽 大門ふじや内 ぬい ちよ」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1776–81 (An'ei 5–Tenmei 1)
Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #42; Hockley 2003, p. 212, #L-1-1; Gentles, AIC cat. II (1965), p. 239, #123; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. I (1960), #670 (right half only)

Dimensions

Uncut vertical chûban diptych on horizontal ôban sheet; 26 x 38.3 cm (10 1/4 x 15 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14666

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Koryû ga (on each side)
湖竜画

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