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Actors are tying poems signed with their poetry names to snow-covered branches of red plum. The MFA has five of the seven sheets of the series; the other two, including the right sheet with the series title, are in the Waseda database. The seven sheets fit together as a heptaptych, probably in...

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Signed

Kunichika hitsu 国周筆

Marks

Censor's seal: Ox 12 aratame No blockcutter's mark 丑十二改

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: January 19, 2005) 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

Japanese, Edo period, 1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 12th month

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.40612

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints