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Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as Arajishi Otokonosuke

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From the play The Celebrated Bush Clover of Sendai (Meiboku Sendai Hagi) Poems translated in McKee 2006, p. 177; and Bowie et al 1979, p. 136.


Poem by Bunkaisha Nanki: Tawamurete/ yanagi no nezumi/ chô to utsu/ kodomo reisha no/ toshidama ôgi Poem by Bunkaisha Hazemaru: Toshidama no/ ôgi no soete/ kado reisha/ torichirashitaru/ nezumi hansetsu Poem by Goryûtei Tokushô: Ôsaka ni/ saku ya kabuki no/ fukamigusa/ Edo mo neoi no/ hana no oyadama




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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1828 (Bunsei 11)

Catalogue Raisonné

McKee, Japanese Poetry Prints (Schoff Coll. cat., 2006), #64; Mirviss, Masterpieces of the Art of Surimono (2003), #82; Bowie et al, Art of the Surimono (1979), #82


Shikishiban; 21.2 x 18.6 cm (8 3/8 x 7 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper