Nakasu (Sakô), from the series Contest of Contemporary Beauties of the Pleasure Quarters (Tôsei yûri bijin awase)
about 1783 (Tenmei 3)
Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815)
Hirano 1939, #0343; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #3.17; Ukiyo-e shûka 5 (1980), pls. 173-4
Vertical ôban; 37.8 x 25.1 cm (14 7/8 x 9 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Right sheet of an incomplete diptych.
MFA impressions: 11.13886-7 (complete diptych), 11.30356 (right sheet only)
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