Ladies Watching a Manzai Performance at a Mansion
about 1791–95 (Kansei 3–7)
Artist Eishôsai Chôki (Japanese, active about 1780–1810)
Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 9, Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels (1989), pl. 170 (complete); Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan 12, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin (1988), fig. 76 (complete)
Vertical ôban; 38.9 x 25.8 cm (15 5/16 x 10 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Left sheet of incomplete triptych. The right sheet: 11.14828.
The center sheet of the complete triptych in Brussels and Berlin shows manzai dancers; however, Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #475, appears to be an alternate center sheet for the triptych, showing the child sumô wrestler Daidôzan Bungorô.
No censor's seal
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