Connoisseurs of the Yoshiwara: A Flourishing House of Pleasure / Birds at Play: A Commotion in the Birdcage (Asobi wa toridori kago no nigiwai)
Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #38
Vertical ôban diptych; 35.3 × 48.3 cm (13 7/8 × 19 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Two right sheets of incomplete triptych.
MFA impressions: 11.37356a-c (complete triptych), 11.39769a-b (two right sheets only)
Yoshifuji ga (on each sheet)
Censor's seal: Hare 6 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ei
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)
 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