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No. 2 (Sono ni): Sarutahiko, 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 (CR) translated in McKee 2006, p. 155.


Poem by Saiseitei Nanao: Hanamushiro/ mazu shikishima no/ michi hiraki/ isamashiki ka ya/ ume no shitakaze Poem by Sekigentei Namio: Chihayaburu/ kamiyo o ima mo/ monogatari/ tari fusoku naki/ tori no ganjitsu 花_ まつしきしまの みちひらき いさましき香や 梅の下風  祭星亭七雄 千早振 神代を今も 物かたり たりふそくなき 鳥の元日  石原亭濤雄


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, J. Poetry Prints (Schoff cat., 2006), #54; Mirviss w/ Carpenter, Jewels of J. Printmaking (2000), #44; Mirviss, Frank Lloyd Wright Coll. (1995), #122; Rijksmus., The Ear Catches the Eye (2001), #63; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 183


Shikishiban; 21.3 x 18.4 cm (8 3/8 x 7 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper