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Bun'ya no Yasuhide, from an untitled series of Six Poetic Immortals (Rokkasen) formed by the characters for their names

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MFA impressions: 11.17501, 21.10217


Poem (Kokinshû 249, Hyakunin isshu 22): Fuku kara ni/ aki no kusaki no/ shioureba/ mube yamakaze o/ arashi to iuran 吹からに 秋の草木の しほるれハ むへやまかせを あらしともいうらん 図南書


Katsushika Hokusai ga; Tonan sho かつしか北斎画、図南書


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 1810 (Bunka 7)

Catalogue Raisonné

Calza, Hokusai (2003), III.71.4; Inagaki, Edo no asobi-e (1988), #147; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 3 (1982), #287; Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 230, vertical ôban #17.5; another in the series: Lane, Hokusai Life and Work (1989), pl. 197


Vertical ôban; 8.8 x 26.5 cm (3 7/16 x 10 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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