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No. 7, Applying Dye (Shichi, Sometsukige), from the series Famous Horses (Meiba soroe)

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Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 363; and Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 348. The titles and poems in this series play on the names of famous horses in Japanese history. Sometsuki was the name of a horse owned by Shibata Shigeie, and tsukige "moon hair" is a term for a horse with...

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Poem by Shôchikuen Hanagasa: Uguisu no/ kinaku hikage ni/ kurenai no/ kozome no ume no/ niou tokiginu Poem by Kôtôtei Kasasagi: Kurenai ni/ hito hake hikishi/ asagasumi/ somemura no naki/ haru no sora iro Poem by Matsunoya Kotobuki: Iro somete/ shinshi o haru no/ nodokesa wa/ hakeme ni kasumu/ kurenai no kinu


Nisei Yanagawa Shigenobu ga


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, 1834 (Tenpô 5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #240; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 2, #272; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 355


Shikishiban; 20.8 x 17.8 cm (8 3/16 x 7 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper