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Butterflies (Kochô), 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.


Taoyameka kasashinochôha yuiwakeno umenoafurano kaoyashitaheru Hakujitsuen Ganju Saohimeka yanaginokamimo yûgeshô benisasusorani chônooshiroi Keikyûsha Tadamori Iroasenu kasuminokinuno murasakini harunomoyôya chônosurihaku Hakumôsha たおやめか かさしの蝶は 結わけの 梅のあふらの かをやしたへる  向日園岩主 佐保姫か 柳のかミも 夕化粧 紅さすそらに 蝶のおしろい  鶏鳴舎忠守 色あせぬ かすミのきぬの むらさきに 春のもやうや 蝶のすり箔  白毛舎


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), #74


Shikishiban; 21.4 x 18.8 cm (8 7/16 x 7 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper