Somando of the Ôgiya, from the series Contest of Flowers of the Five Festivals (Gosetsu hana awase)
「五節花合せ 扇屋 蓬莱仙」
Ukiyo-e shûka 13 (1981), fig. 62; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #395.5.1; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 32.1.1; Yoshida, Utamaro zenshû (1941), #340
Vertical ôban; 39 x 25.7 cm (15 3/8 x 10 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Left sheet of incomplete pentaptych.
MFA impressions: 11.14248 (later edition, with new gray block), 34.263 (earlier edition)
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