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Brush (Fude): Ono no Tôfû, from the series The Four Friends of the Writing Table for the Ichiyô Circle (Ichiyôren bunbô shiyû)

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Poems translated in Bowie et al 1979, p. 84; and Polster & Marks 1980, p. 49.


Poem by Yukitei Hanamichi: Aoyagi no/ ito oba kaze ni/ nabikasete/ kawazu no tsura e/ ukeru mizukuki Poem by Bunsensha: Haru no hi no/ fude no hakobi mo/ yuttari to/ nobite migoto ni/ Kyô no kakizome


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, about 1827 (Bunsei 10)

Catalogue Raisonné

Rijksmuseum, Surimono: Poetry and Image (2000), #106; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #88; Rijksmuseum cat. III, Hokusai and His School (1982), #257; Bowie et al, Art of the Surimono (1979), #44


Shikishiban; 21 x 18.5 cm (8 1/4 x 7 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper