Izumi Shikibu, Left Sheet (Hidari) of a Triptych of Beauties (Bijin sanpukutsui)
「美人三幅対 和泉式部 左」
Ukiyo-e shûka 1 (1983), pl. 149; left sheet of triptych (Lady Ise): Ukiyo-e taisei 2 (1931), #190
Hosoban; 31.9 x 14.8 cm (12 9/16 x 5 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (urushi-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color and nikawa
Not On View
Two sheets of the triptych: 11.19184 (right), 11.19185 (center sheet).
In early hosoban triptychs, “left” and “right” often (but not always) mean “proper left” and “proper right,” that is, right and left respectively as seen by the viewer.
Nishimura Shigenobu hitsu
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