Woman Washing Her Face
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)
13.5 x 9 cm (5 5/16 x 3 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The mirror reflects not the face of the beauty, but the homely face of the mask hanging on the wall above her.
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