Young Woman Riding a Turtle (Parody of the Story of Urashima Tarô), second state
about 1765 (Meiwa 2)
Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #047; MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #26; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #133.2, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 167
Horizontal chûban; 22 x 27.1 cm (8 11/16 x 10 11/16 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
MFA impressions: first state: 21.4594; second state: 11.19424
The first state is a calendar for 1765; in the second state, the calendrical markings have been removed.
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