Komachi Washing the Manuscript (Sôshi arai Komachi), from the series Modern Girls as the Seven Komachi (Imayô musume Nana Komachi)
1810s (late Bunka era)
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825)
Ukiyo-e taikei 9 (1976), #191; another print in the series (Sotoba): Kokubungaku kenkyû shiryôkan, ed., Zusetsu mitate to yatsushi (2008), p. 41, cat. no. 34
Vertical ôban; 38.6 x 25.8 cm (15 3/16 x 10 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.13632, 20.121, 21.6983
Unidentified publisher’s mark.
Poem: Makanaku ni/ nani o tane to te/ ukigusa no/ nami no une-une/ oishigeruran
Censor's seal: kiwame
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