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Hahakigi, from an untitled series of The Tale of Genji

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Another print in the series (Miotsukushi): 11.19814, 21.9268




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 1836–37 (Tenpô 7–8)

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Other prints in the series: Mirviss w/ Carpenter, Jewels of Japanese Printmaking (2000), #122 (Miotsukushi); Rijksmuseum, Surimono: Poetry and Image (2000), #93 (Wakamurasaki); Keyes, Surimono (Spencer Museum cat., 1984), cat. no. 268 (Eawase)


Shikishiban; 21 x 18.4 cm (8 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink, color, and metallic pigments on paper