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Female Poet, from the series Five Poetic Immortals (Gokasen)

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The Five Poetic Immortals who served in the court of the empress Shôshi (later Jôtômon'in) are Akazome Emon, Izumi Shikibu, Murasaki Shikibu, Uma no Naishi, and Ise no Ôsuke.

Signed

Hokusai aratame Iitsu hitsu 北斎改為一筆

Provenance

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,

Catalogue Raisonné

Dai Hokusai ten (1993), p. 200, surimono #116

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 20.6 x 18.7 cm (8 1/8 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.20419

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints