Left Side: Cypress-wood Fan, Right Side: the Courtesan Hanaôgi, from the series Comparisons of Fans, a Triptych (Ôgi awase sanban no uchi)

「扇合三番内 左檜扇 右花扇」

Edo period
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)

Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #160; McKee, Colored in the Year's New Light (Becker coll. exh. ca., 2008), #28; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 303


Shikishiban; 20.7 x 18.7 cm (8 1/8 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



First poem translated, and second poem discussed, in McKee 2008, p. 69.


Poem by Shôsuiko: Yoigokoro/ hodo yoku kayou/ yozakura no/ hana no ôgi no/ kaze wa itowashi
Poem by Shakuyakutei: Mikawa mizu/ nagare no mi to wa/ hana momiji/ iro ka kotonaru/ haru no miyabime
「松翠子蔭広 酔こゝろほとよくかよふ夜桜の花に扇の風はいとはし」「芍薬亭 みかは水流れの身とは花もみちいろ香ことなる春のみや姫」


Ôju Kunisada ga


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