Kyoto: White Face Powder, Left Sheet of a Triptych (Kyô oshiroi, sanpukutsui hidari)

「三ぶくつい左 京おしろい」

Edo period
Artist Okumura Toshinobu (Japanese, active about 1717–1750), Publisher Komatsuya Denshirô (Japanese)


Hosoban; 32.8 x 14.7 cm (12 15/16 x 5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (urushi-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color and nikawa

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



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
大和画工 奥村利信筆


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)

[1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection