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Sea Blue (Heki), from the series The In-between Colors of the Five Directions (Gohô kanshoku)

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In East Asian fortune-telling, the traditional symbolic colors of the five directions are yellow (center), blue-green (east), white (west), red (south), and black (north). The in-between colors are green (between yellow and blue-green), blue (between blue-green and white), pink (or orange;...

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Keisei 渓栖


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,


Shikishiban; 19.5 x 18.2 cm (7 11/16 x 7 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper