Young Woman as the Bodhisattva Fugen
1765 (Meiwa 2)
Artist Komatsuken (Japanese)
Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #636; Ukiyo-e shûka supp. 2 (1982), pl. 612
Koban; 11.7 x 15.8 cm (4 5/8 x 6 1/4 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
MFA impressions: 11.30136, 21.5697
Left sheet of a pair, with 11.30137, 21.5696
Numbers for the long months are hidden in the lines of the kimono.
Artist's seal: Komatsu
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