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Cherry Blossom (Sakurabana), 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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Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 189.


Poem by Bunshôsha Ashichika: Haru moya ya/ kasumi no ito o/ hikihaete/ kuchibiru hiraku/ hana no utaime Poem by Bunbunsha: Utaime no/ kizome mo hana no/ Nihonbashi/ Edozuma medatsu/ haru no nenrei 春もやゝ かすミのいとを ひきはえて くちひるひらく 花のうたひ女  文照舎芦近 うたひ女の 着そめも 花の日本ばし 江戸つまめたつ 春の年礼  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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono(2008), #64; Mirviss w/ Carpenter, Jewels of Japanese Printmaking (2000), #73; Rijksmuseum cat. III, Hokusai and His School (1982), #253


Shikishiban; 21.1 x 18.5 cm (8 5/16 x 7 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper