No. 13, Kokonoe, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans (Meigi sanjûroku kasen)

「名妓三十六佳撰 九重の話 十三」

Japanese
Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

C's Ukiyo-e Museum, http://homepage2.nifty.com/ukiyo-e/index.html

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 34.5 x 24 cm (13 9/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45306

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.42809, 11.45306

Inscription

九重の話

ある武家に うばづとめ せしころ わが
あずかりの おさなご 人のこに けがさせしに
そのこ はてたるにぞ つゐに おふやけざた と
なりけるが こは もと うばの おちどなれば
みを かはたけへしずめて つみを あがなへ
かし とて ことすみたれば しりぞくとき

 はてしなき          ながれの みずを
   うきよの すえに          いつまでぞ 
           すみだ川           くむ

かくよみたるは あはれなり

 三亭春馬 記
    栄中 書

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
応需豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Monkey 12 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:申十二改
彫師:なし

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)

NOTES:
[1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection