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The Jewelled Chaplet, The First Warbler, Butterflies (Tamakazura, Hatsune, Kochô), from the series The Tale of Genji (Genji monogatari)

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Symbols for Chapters 22 through 24 of The Tale of Genji. Poems by Dondontei Wataru and Yagitei Mitsumori.




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, 1819 (Bunsei 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Keyes, Surimono (Spencer Museum cat., 1984), cat. no. 200


Shikishiban; 20.9 x 18.6 cm (8 1/4 x 7 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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