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Kamata, from the series Souvenirs of Enoshima, a Set of Sixteen (Enoshima kikô, jûrokuban tsuzuki)

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Spring kyôka surimono for the Manji poetry club. Poem translated in Carpenter et al. 2008, p. 250.


Poem by Genchôtei Fusako: Miro hito to/ hakobu nioi to/ sode surite/ ume ga Kamata wa/ hana ni nigiwau


Hokkei 北渓


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, 1833 (Tenpô 4)

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #128


Shikishiban; 21 x 17.7 cm (8 1/4 x 6 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper