The Twelfth Month: Housecleaning, the Bean-throwing Ritual (Shiwasu, Susutori, Setsubun), from an untitled series of Day and Night Scenes of the Twelve Months
昼夜十二ヶ月 「しはす すすとり せつぶん」
about 1772–75 (early An'ei era)
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)
MFA, Suzuki Harunobu (exh. cat., 2017), #148; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 2, British Museum II (1988), pl. 73
Vertical chûban; 25.5 x 19.2 cm (10 1/16 x 7 9/16 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
From a series jointly designed by Kitao Shigemasa (#s 1, 5, 9, 11), Katsukawa Shunshô (#s 2, 4, 7, 12), and Utagawa Toyoharu (#s 3, 6, 8, 10).
Katsukawa Shunshô zu
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