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No. 1 (Sono ichi): Musician Playing a Drum, from the series The Cave Door of Spring (Haru no iwato)

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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.


Hokkei 北渓


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, 1820s

Catalogue Raisonné

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.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper