Nishikigi of the Kanaya Lighting Incense beside a Mosquito Net
筆のさやを焚く遊女 「かなや内 にしきゞ」
about 1769–70 (Meiwa 6–7)
Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
MFA, Suzuki Harunobu (exh. cat., 2017), #123; Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #572; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #746, and supp. 2 (1982), pl. 441
Hashira-e; 67.1 x 12.4 cm (26 7/16 x 4 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Out on Loan
On display at Chiba City Museum of Art, Japan, September 6, 2017 – October 23, 2017
No other impression known.
Poem: Fude no saya/ yakite matsu yo no/ kaya zo kana
Suzuki Harunobu ga
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