Komachi Washing (Arai Komachi): Actor Iwai Kumesaburô III as the Geisha Oshun, from the series Matches for the Seven Komachi Plays (Mitate Nana Komachi no uchi)
「見立七小町ノ内 あらゐ小町 芸者おしゆん」 三代目岩井粂三郎
Kokubungaku kenkyû shiryôkan, ed., Zusetsu mitate to yatsushi (2008), p. 72, cat. no. 61
Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 24.9 cm (14 3/8 x 9 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Publisher: Yamazakiya Seishichi or Shimizuya Naojirô?
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
Censor's seal: Horse 7
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Kin
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