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Benkei and the Plum Tree, from the series Warriors Compared to Pine, Bamboo, and Plum (Musha shôchikubai ban tsuzuki)

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The complete set of three: 11.20586-11.20588.


Poem by Seiyôkan Umeyo: Umegae wa/ oranu nanba no/ irosato ni/ yuhi o kiru koso/ ayashikarikere 梅か枝は をらぬ難波の いろさとに ゆひをきるこそ あやしかりけれ  青陽館梅世


Hokkei 北渓


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1828 (Bunsei 11)

Catalogue Raisonné

Mirviss w/ Carpenter, Jewels of Japanese Printmaking (2000), #49


Shikishiban; 20.8 x 18 cm (8 3/16 x 7 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper