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Saigyô Cherry (Saigyô sakura), from the series A Set of Cherries for the Katsushika Club (Katsushika sakura tsukushi)

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Poems translated in Polster & Marks 1980, p. 55.


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

Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 57; another print in the series: Rijksmuseum cat. III, Hokusai and His School (1982), #266


Shikishiban; 21.5 x 18.6 cm (8 7/16 x 7 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink, color, and metallic pigments on paper