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Left: Dance Fan, Right: Rhythm Fan (Hidari mai-ôgi, migi hari-ôgi), from the series Comparisons of Fans, a Triptych (Ôgi awase sanban no uchi)

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Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 313.


Poem by Kinjuen Futaki: Otomego no/ ito utsukushiki/ kakegoe ya/ tsuzumi no ume ni/ kinaku uguisu Poem by Kokintei Tôshi: Yawarakaki/ tsubana no tesaki/ uchinabikasete/ harukaze zo fuku Poem by Shakuyakute: Kôri sae/ kesa tokesomeshi/ kanze mizu/ ôgi no te ni mo/ sasou harukaze 「琴樹園二喜 少女子のいと美しきかけ声やつゝみの梅に来なく鴬」「虎金亭東之 やはらかきつはなの手先つゝみ草うちなひかせて春風そふく」「芍薬亭 氷さへ今朝とけそめし観世水扇の手にもさそふ春風」


Gototei Kunisada ga 五渡亭国貞画


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 1822 (Bunsei 5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #194


Shikishiban; 20.6 x 18.8 cm (8 1/8 x 7 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper