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Ariwara Narihira, from the series Six Poetic Immortals in Floating World Disguises (Ukiyo yatsushi Rokkasen)

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Poem, by Ariwara Narihira: Tsuki ya aran/ Haru mo mukashi o/ Haru naran/ Waga mi hitotsu wa/ Moto no mi ni shite


Shunchô ga 春潮画


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,


Vertical chûban; 22.8 x 16 cm (9 x 6 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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