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Neck-pulling Contest of Benkei and Chinese Beauty, from the series Chinese and Japanese Heroes for the Soramitsuya Circle (Soramitsuyaren wakan buyû awase sanban no uchi)

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Poems translated in Keyes 1984, p. 74.


Poem by Komichi: Yôyô to/ kesa wa kasumi o/ hikiaite/ asobu yô naru/ haru no yamayama Poem by Kihô: Harugasumi/ tatsu ni naraite/ onozukara/ hippari no yoki/ uguisu no koe Poem by Magara: Haru kureba/ ezo ka chishima no/ hoka made mo/ nioeru ume ya/ naoki isaoshi Poem by Maeda: Tatsu haru no/ iro o kisoite/ hatsugasumi/ hikiau sama ya/ unebi miminashi


Hokusai Taito aratame Katsushika Iitsu hitsu


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 1820 (Bunsei 3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Dai Hokusai ten (1993), p. 192, surimono #94; Keyes, Surimono (Spencer Museum cat., 1984), cat. no. 110, pl. 26


Shikishiban; 21.8 x 19.1 cm (8 9/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper