Courtesans on Parade: Tsukasa of the Ôgiya, kamuro Ageha and Kochô, and Sugawara of the Tsuruya, kamuro Fumiji and Kashiku

「あふきや内 つかさ あけは こてふ」 「つた屋内 菅原 ふみぢ かしく」

Edo period
Artist Eishôsai Chôki (Japanese, active about 1780–1810), Publisher Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 2 (1962), #2162 (L only; caption under 2161); right sheet of the triptych: TNM #2161, Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #474


Vertical ôban diptych; 38.7 x 52.4 cm (15 1/4 x 20 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Diptych (two sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.15003 (right), 11.15004 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.15003-4 (left and center sheets), 21.4787 (left sheet only)
The right sheet, illustrated in TNM cat. 2 and Ukiyo-e taisei 7, shows Ichikawa of the Matsubaya, with kamuro, standing in front of the noren of the Minatoya store.


Eishôsai ga (on each sheet)


No censor's seal


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)

[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