Geisha Standing beside Announcement of a Special Image Viewing (Kaichô)

開帳札と芸妓

Japanese
Edo period
1833 (Tenpô 4)


Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #34

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 21 x 17.8 cm (8 1/4 x 7 in.)

Accession Number

11.20597

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The geisha stands on the bank of the Sumida River, with Mount Tsukuba in the distance. The signpost advertises an event held for 60 days beginning in the 2nd month of 1833: a special viewing in Edo of the image of Dainichi Nyorai from the Fujisan Hongû Asama Jinja in Suruga Province.

Inscription

Poems

Signed

Aoigaoka Hokkei
葵岡北渓

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