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Paper (Kami): Poet Fujiwara no Sadaie (Teika), from the series Four Friends of the Writing Table for the Ichiyô Circle (Ichiyôren bunbô shiyû)

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Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 191; and Bowie et al 1979, p. 85.


Poem by Bunzôshi Monnami: Uta karuta/ toru sama misete/ shikishite ni/ sudaku kawazu mo/ haru no hi no kyô Poem by Bunrokuen Asayuki: Teniha yoki/ utayomi-dori no/ koe sunari/ saki sou ume ga/ kana mo shirabete


Gakutei 岳亭


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, 1830s

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #66; Rijksmuseum, Surimono: Poetry and Image (2000), #108; Rijksmuseum cat. III, Hokusai and His School (1982), #256; Bowie et al, Art of the Surimono (1979), #85


Shikishiban; 21.1 x 18.5 cm (8 5/16 x 7 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper