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Painted Horse Escaping from Ema

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Poem translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 253.


Poem by Kaien: Haru no tatsu/ midori no sora wa/ wakagoma no/ asari arikan/ nobe no iro kana


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, 1834

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #131


Shikishiban; 20.3 x 18.1 cm (8 x 7 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper