Tea-Whisk Seller, Fire Wood Seller, Shrine Festival Performer (Chasen uri, kuroki uri, saimon), from the series Female Geisha Section of the Niwaka Festival in the Yoshiwara (Seirô niwaka onna geisha)

「青楼仁和嘉女芸者 茶せん売 黒木売 さいもん」

Japanese
Edo period
1793 (Kansei 5)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Tsuruya Kiemon (Senkakudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #80.4, and pl. 31; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 85.1.4; Yoshida, Utamaro zenshû (1941), #95

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 39.1 x 26.8 cm (15 3/8 x 10 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14358

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Utamaro ga
歌麿画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[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