Geisha Standing beside Announcement of a Special Image Viewing (Kaichô)
1833 (Tenpô 4)
Artist Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)
Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #34
Shikishiban; 21 x 17.8 cm (8 1/4 x 7 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The geisha stands on the bank of the Sumida River, with Mount Tsukuba in the distance. The signpost advertises an event held for 60 days beginning in the 2nd month of 1833: a special viewing in Edo of the image of Dainichi Nyorai from the Fujisan Hongû Asama Jinja in Suruga Province.
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