Pentaptych: 11.19912 (center left), 11.19913 (center), 11.19914 (right), 11.19915 (center right), 11.26060 (left) All poems transcribed and translated in McKee 2008, pp. 166-7. Poems for this sheet only translated in Polster & Marks 1980, p. 314.
Left sheet: Poem by Seikaitei Kamendo: Kujira obi/ utsuru to mishi wa/ karei nite/ fumaete suberu/ shiobi okashiki Poem by Kahôtei Jôban: Suribiuchi/ uchi-ide no hama no/ shiohigari/ chiisaku hikaru/ kamasu ishimochi Center left sheet: Poem by Kamenoya Osamaro: Ama naranu/ sjôjo mo idete/ watazumi no/ soko no awabi no/ tama ya tazumen Poem by Hisakataya: Hamaguri wo/ chidori-yaki nimo/ nasabaya to/ tomo yobi tsurete/ tatsu shiohigata Center sheet: Poem by Suiminetei Komatsu: Emono woba/ kayo de yarasetsu/ shiohigata/ su-ashi de hirau/ hamaguri no tsuma Poem by Hisakataya: Nodoka naru/ haru no irokuzu/ miyuru tote/ oki ni kasumi no/ tateshio no ami Center right sheet: Poem by Hatsushimo Okimada: Isoyama no/ sakura to tomo ni/ uchi katsugi/ kaeru shiohi no/ kago no hanagai Poem by Hisakataya: Kemuri oki/ iso no shiohi no/ okashisa wa/ imo ni to toraruru/ tako no sosôsa Right sheet: Poem by Issekitei Senkin: Uguisu no/ Haneda no oki no/ shiohigata/ tsukihi-gai ari/ hoshigarei ari Poem by Hisakataya: Shiohigari/ ryôranu saki ni/ iso awabi/ fukura ni nazeru/ sode no urakaze
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画
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, about 1830 (Bunsei 13/Tenpô 1)
- Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1797–1861
McKee, Colored in the Year's New Light (Becker coll. exh. ca., 2008), #79 (complete pentaptych); Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #188; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 321
Shikishiban; 21 x 18.3 cm (8 1/4 x 7 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink, color, gold, silver, and mica on paper