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No. 2, Guan Yu (Sono ni, Kan'u), from the series Three Heroes of the State of Shu (Shoku sanketsu)

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Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 188.


Poem by Sanzuntei Kusami: Kankô no/ hige mo utsukushi/ haru no hi no/ nagaku naritaru/ momozono no sake


Gakutei Sadaoka byô


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 1824 (Bunsei 7)

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #62; Heiteres treiben... (Köln, 1990), #2-75; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #76


Shikishiban; 21.2 x 18.9 cm (8 3/8 x 7 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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