The Ninth Month: Geisha with Shamisen and Cat, from the series Five Beautiful Women (Gonin bijo)

「五人美女」 五節句の内九月 三味線と猫との芸者

Japanese
Edo period
about 1805–11 (Bunka 2–8)
Publisher Yamamoto Kyûbei (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.3 x 23.5 cm (13 7/8 x 9 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.25232

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The inset containing the series title on each print in the series has floral decoration suggesting one of the Fice Festivals (Go sekku).

Signed

Toyokuni ga
豊国画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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: August 3, 1911)

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