Kyoto: Courtesan of the Shimabara, from an untitled series of The Three Cities
三都 「京都」 島原の遊女
Artist Yashima Gakutei (Japanese, 1786?–1868)
Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 12, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin (1988), pl. 170
Shikishiban; 20.9 x 18.8 cm (8 1/4 x 7 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink, color, and metallic pigment on paper
Not On View
Includes poem by Seishôrô Hisamaru, member of the Hyôtan-ren.
Artist's seal: Sadaoka
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