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No surviving original of this design is known. The emblem of the Taiko-gawa group, who presumably commissioned the original, appears in the upper right corner. Poems translated in Carpenter et al. 2008, p. 343.


Poem by Wasuitei Sugune: Kazukazu to/ uo yoru nami mo/ urarasa no/ haru ya kasumi no/ ami no hikizome Poem by Yamato no Watamori: Atarashiki/ haru no hatsuhi no/ irokuzu wa/ kasumi no ami ya/ hikite enuran




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, Meiji-period copy of Edo-period design, 1890s copy of 1820s design

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #220; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 2, #261


Shikishiban; 20 x 17.8 cm (7 7/8 x 7 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper