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Old Man and Sparrow-women, from the series Old Tales of Wisdom, Benevolence, and Valor (Mukashi-banashi, chi jin yû)

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The Tale of the Tongue-cut Sparrow represents Benevolence (Nin). The other two prints in the set of three are by Hokusai (Wisdom, the Monkey's Liver) and Shuntei (Valor, Momotarô). Poems described (but not translated) in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 143.

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鉄の屋楯成 春切の福者となりぬなをたつる  ふくろ雀にたからもろふて 松の屋花成 梅の香を吹れる風に鶯の  御宿はとこと藪やたつねん 金の屋照成 うそつかぬ正直ぢいの春の野に  たつねる雀舌も短かし 狂香哥堂 たつね来て雀かくれの初なつな  みやげに指もかるきつゝらに

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Kikugawa Eizan

Provenance

1952, gift of Louis Aaron Lebowich (b. 1880), Boston, to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of L. Aaron Lebowich

Japanese, Edo period, about 1818–23 (Bunsei 1–6)

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al., Reading Surimono (2008), #15 (repro.); Chiba Mus., Ukiyo-e bi no kiwami (Baur coll. exh. cat., 2001), #88; Kondô, ed., Eizan (JUM exh. cat., 1996), #497 (orig.)

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 20.7 x 18.8 cm (8 1/8 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

52.497

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

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Asia

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