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Pangu (Banko shi), from the series A Set of Ten Famous Numerals for the Katsushika Circle (Katsushikaren meisû jûban)]

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Poems by Bunjutei Kagezumi of Matsumaru in Kazusa Province and Bunbunsha. The series title appears on other impressions of the print (e.g. Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #145).


Poem by Bunkutei Kagezumi of Matsumaru in Kazusa Province: Konton to/ shite hi no kage mo/ umareken/ hanko ni hibiku/ hatsutori no koe Poem by Bunbunsha: Yo no naka no/ hana yori saki ni/ hirakeishi o/ hitori hohoemu/ haru no akebono こんとおんとして ひのかけも 生れけん はんこに ひゝく 初とり の 声 世の中の 花より さきに ひらけしを ひとり ほゝ ゑむ はるのあけ ほの


Gakutei 岳亭


Artist's seal: Sadaoka


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1821 (Bunsei 4)

Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #146; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #65 (with series title); Rijksmuseum cat. III, Hokusai and His School (1982), #229 (no series title)


Shikishiban; 21.5 x 19 cm (8 7/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper