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Prosperity: Ding Gu (Roku, Teiko), from an untitled series of Happiness, Prosperity, and Longevity (Fukurokuju)

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MFA impressions: 11.19871, 2009.4994.7 The complete set: 00.1930, 11.19870, 11.19871; 2009.6-8 Poems translated in Keyes 1985, vol. 1, pp. 107-8; and Polster & Marks 1980, p. 69.


Poem by Rokujuen Motoari: Shakuroku mo/ takaki ni nobori/ saru no toshi/ miruya chôko ga/ matsu no hatsu yume 爵録もたかきに のほるさるの とし みるや丁固か まつの はつ夢


Zugi Gakutei 図技岳亭


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, about 1824 (Bunsei 7)

Catalogue Raisonné

Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #72; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 73


Shikishiban; 21 x 18.7 cm (8 1/4 x 7 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper