Parody of Handaka Sonja
1765 (Meiwa 2)
Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
MFA, Suzuki Harunobu (exh. cat., 2017), #34; Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #052; Chiba 2002, #39 (this impression); Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #131.1, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 85; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 121
Vertical chûban; 27.9 x 21.4 cm (11 x 8 7/16 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
Calendar information is hidden in the obi (long months) and the fan (short months).
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