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Asahina no Saburô, from the series A Set of Three Broken Doors (Haitatsu sanban)

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Spring kyôka surimono for the Katsushika Group. The complete set of three: 11.20489, 11.20491, 11.20493. Poem translated in McKee 2008, p. 234 (this sheet only).


Poem by Manyôtei Itchô: Wada no haru/ ama no to akete/ asahi kage/ niou kasumi no/ sode no murasaki Poem by Bunkyusha Kanimi: Haru mo mata/ totsuru kakehi no/ atsugôri/ waru wa asahi no/ chikara narikeri 和田のはる 天の戸明て 朝日かけ 匂ふ霞の そてのむらさき  萬葉亭一兆 春もまた とつる筧の あつ氷 わるハ朝日の ちからなりけり  文笈舎蟹_


Gakutei 岳亭


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, 1827 (Bunsei 10)

Catalogue Raisonné

McKee, Colored in the Year's New Light (Becker coll. exh. ca., 2008), #114; Mirviss w/ Carpenter, Jewels of Japanese Printmaking (2000), #78; Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #243; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #87


Shikishiban; 21.7 x 18.6 cm (8 9/16 x 7 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper