Koman (?) of the Sakuraya, from a series known as Votive Hand Towels (Hônô tenugui)
「奉納 五大力 桜屋内 小まんヵ」
Schaap, Kunisada (exh. cat., 2016), #1, and checklist 1-1
Vertical ôban; 36.7 x 24.6 cm (14 7/16 x 9 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.23011, 11.40065
The courtesan is imitating the style of actor Iwai Hanshirô V.
Gototei Kunisada 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)
 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