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Court Lady with New Year Decorations, from the series Comparison of Beauties for the Year of the Goat (Tsuchinoto-hitsuji bijin awase no uchi)

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Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 271.


Poem by Unryûtei: Saohime no/ sagegami nare ya/ aoyagi no/ nobitaru suso wa/ shoin made hiku Poem by Chiyoki no Kibinori: Konezumi no/ nezumi yanagi no/ mayu tsukuru/ nobe ni kasumi no/ usu-keshô shitsu Poem by Manzai no Ôgi: Iro-mekite/ medatsu yanagi no/ kami katachi/ hima naku naderu/ kado no harukaze


Sôri aratame Hokusai ga 宗理改北斎画


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, 1799

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #148; Kobayashi Fumiko, "Poetry Groups," in Carpenter, ed., Hokusai and His Age (2005), p. 162, fig. 3; Dai Hokusai ten (1993), p. 164, surimono #17


13.9 x 17.7 cm (5 1/2 x 6 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper