User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Duck, Abalone Shell, and Parsley

Start collecting


Poem, by Yukinoya Torikane: Mizutori no/ hikkomu koro wa/ yukige shite/ kishi no ashi o mo/ arau shiranami


Gakyôjin Hokusai ga 画狂人北斎画


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1805–10

Catalogue Raisonné

Kobayashi Fumiko, "Kyôka...," in Ukiyo-e geijutsu 160 (2010), p. 29, fig. 2; Asia Soc./JASA, Designed for Pleasure (2008), p. 209, #45; Calza, Hokusai (2003), III.14


13.9 x 19.3 cm (5 1/2 x 7 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper