Pentaptych: 11.19809 (CR), 11.19833 (R), 11.19834 (C), 11.19835 (CL), 11.19836 (L) Poems for this sheet (R) translated in McKee 2006, p. 153.
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:  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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Japanese, Edo period, 1820s
- Artist Totoya Hokkei, Japanese, 1780–1850
McKee, Japanese Poetry Prints (Schoff Coll. cat., 2006), #53; Rijksmuseum, The Ear Catches the Eye (2001), #63 (all 5); Mirviss, The Frank Lloyd Wright Coll. of Surimono (1995), cat. no. 121
Shikishiban; 21 x 18.5 cm (8 1/4 x 7 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper