Ejiri: Tamakoto of the Owariya, from the series A Tôkaidô Board Game of Courtesans: Fifty-three Pairings in the Yoshiwara (Keisei dôchû sugoroku/Mitate Yoshiwara gojûsan tsui [no uchi])

「契情道中双六 見立よしはら五十三つゐ 江尻 尾張屋内 玉琴」

Edo period
about 1821–23 (Bunsei 4–6)
Artist Keisai Eisen (Japanese, 1790–1848), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba City Museum of Art, Keisai Eisen (2012), #235; another print in the series (Mishima): Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 4, Victoria and Albert Museum I (1989), pl. 160


Vertical ôban; 38.1 x 25.7 cm (15 x 10 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



The publisher’s mark lacks the dot between the mountain and the ivy leaf and so appears to be that of Tsutaya Jûzaburô, but this is almost certainly a carver’s error for the mark of Tsutaya Kichizô that appears on the rest of the series.


Keisai Eisen ga


Censor's seal: kiwame


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