The Obitoki Ceremony, from the series Current Manners in Eastern Brocade (Fûzoku Azuma no nishiki)
about 1785 (Tenmei 5)
Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815)
Hirano 1939, #0589; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #8.18, and pl. 4; Chiba, Torii Kiyonaga (2007), pl. 098
Vertical ôban; 38.1 x 26.1 cm (15 x 10 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.13960, 21.5622
A seven-year-old girl wore an adult-style obi for the first time when she visited the shrine for the Shichigosan festival.
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