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Niwaka Festival Dancer with Fan

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Poem translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 138.


Poem by Ryûôtei Edo no Hananari: Senkin no/ haru o neridasu/ hadanugi mo/ yae ni hirakeru/ Ô-Edo no hana


Keisai 渓斎


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, Meiji-era copy of Edo-period design, 1890s copy of 1820s original

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al., Reading Surimono (2008), #12; Rijksmuseum cat. IV, Hiroshige and the Utagawa School (1984), #251; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 17


Shikishiban; 21.2 x 18.1 cm (8 3/8 x 7 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper