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Chôryô, from the series Program of Nô Plays (Utai bangumi)

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Poems translated in Keyes 1985, vol. 1, p. 262.


Poem by Shunjûan Nagame: Uguisu no/ kamuri kotoba ya/ aratama no/ haru o fumaeshi/ ike no kutsu kamo Poem by Kotobuki Nagaki: Chôryô ga/ kutsu ni narôte/ kamidana e/ funde sasagen/ haru no kakizome Poem by Kome no Masunari from Sendai: Kôchô no/ kôsekikô e/ chôryô ga/ kutsu katakata/ to kaeru nakuran Poem by Kinpôdô Nagao: Kin'i chô/ ume ga ka o baya/ tomenikeri/ eda ni medetô/ kizohajime shite Poem by Shûchôdô Monoyana: Uta no seki/ kôshaburi naru/ uguisu no/ saezuru kuchô/ ryôshi bundai


Kôsetsu 香雪


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, 1823 (Bunsei 6)

Catalogue Raisonné

Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #230; another print in the series: Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #178


Shikishiban; 21.7 x 18.8 cm (8 9/16 x 7 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper