Pleasures of the Four Seasons: Colors and Scents of Flowers, right, left (Shiki asobi hana no iroka, jô, ge)

「四季遊花之色香 上・下」

Edo period
about 1783 (Tenmei 3)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806)

Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #23; Jenkins et al, The Floating World Revisited (1993), #I-8; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #3.1-2; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 7.1.1-2


Vertical ôban diptych; 37.8 x 52.2 cm (14 7/8 x 20 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14390, 11.21175,

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Diptych: 11.14390 (right), 11.21175 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.14390VR (11.14390, 11.21175), 21.7439-40


Utamaro ga (on each sheet)


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)

[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