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Miotsukushi, from an untitled series of The Tale of Genji

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MFA impressions: 11.19814, 21.9268 Another print in the series (Hahakigi): 11.25447


Akashi made mo/ kasumi no umi ni/ mioshirushi/ tateru naniwa no/ eni ha fukashi na Rokujuan Fukumaro Uguisu no/ mefu hanagasa yo/ harusame no/ tamino no shima no/ nani hagakure su Kichôdô 明石まても 霞の海に ミをしるし たてるなにはの えにハふかしな  鹿寿庵ふく麿 鶯のめふはな笠よはる雨の 田蓑の嶋の なにはがくれす  _長堂




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 1836–37 (Tenpô 7–8)

Catalogue Raisonné

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


Shikishiban; 21.2 x 18.2 cm (8 3/8 x 7 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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