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Bracken Fern Sprouts (Sawarabi), from the series A Set of Five Designs for the Katsushika Group: Textiles Dyed the Colors of Spring Dawn (Katsushika goban haru no akebono-zome)

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Commissioned by the Katsushika poetry club.


Senkayae marehitokimasu ureshisayo hikuteamatano warahitorukoro Haichôme Murasakino mizukiwatachishi norisomeni sawarainotemo sorourobyôshi Monmonsha 賤か家へ まれ人来ます うれしさよ ひく手あまたの ワらひとるころ  盃長女 むらさきの 水きわたちし のりそめに さわらひの手も そろふ艪拍子  文々舎


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1830 (Bunsei 13/Tenpô 1)

Catalogue Raisonné

Mirviss w/ Carpenter, Jewels of Japanese Printmaking (2000), #75


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