Kyoto: White Face Powder, Left Sheet of a Triptych (Kyô oshiroi, sanpukutsui hidari)
Hosoban; 32.8 x 14.7 cm (12 15/16 x 5 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (urushi-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color and nikawa
Not On View
In early hosoban triptychs, “left” and “right” often (but not always) mean “proper left” and “proper right,” that is, right and left respectively as seen by the viewer.
For the “right” sheet, Edo: Hair Styling (Edo motoyui) see Grabhorn, Ukiyo-e: The Floating World (1962), no. 4.
Yamato gakô Okumura Toshinobu hitsu
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