Courtesans Parading at New Year: Komurasaki of the Tamaya and Sanshû of the Tsutaya (Tamaya uchi Komurasaki, Tsutaya uchi Sanshû)

「玉屋うち小紫 蔦屋内三しう」

Edo period
about 1790 (Kansei 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano, Kiyonaga (1939), #C24; Brandt, Hosoda Eishi (1977), fig. 534 (R only), list no. D24; Ukiyo-e shûka 8 (1980), Gokyô list, #s 3-4; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan 4, V&A I (1989), pl. 113 (R); Hizô 9, Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels, pl. 186 (L)


Vertical ôban diptych; 39.1 x 51.8 cm (15 3/8 x 20 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Diptych (or two sheets of incomplete triptych?): 11.14959 (right), 11.14960 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.14959-60 (diptych), 21.8406 (left sheet only)


Eishi monjin Gokyô ga (on each sheet)


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