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Iris: A Female Narihira (Kaoyobana, Onna Narihira), from the series Six Fashionable Floral Selections (Fûryû rokkasen no uchi)
「風流六花撰ノ内 かほよ花」 「娘業平」
about early 1830s (early Tenpô era)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)
Vertical ôban triptych; 36.5 x 74.2 cm (14 3/8 x 29 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Triptych: 11.29016 (center), 11.29017 (left), 11.29018 (right)
MFA impressions: 11.15813-5, 11.29016-8
Kôchôrô Kunisada ga (on each sheet)
No censor's seal
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)
 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