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Leaves of the Sacred Tree (Sakakiba), from the series An Incense Contest (Takimono awase)

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From a series based on the names of types of incense, made for the Shakuyakutei circle.

Signed

Nisei Yanagawa Shigenobu 二世柳川重信

Marks

Artist's seal: Yanagawa

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, about 1835 (Tenpô 6)

Catalogue Raisonné

Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 353

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 21 x 18.3 cm (8 1/4 x 7 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.20726

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints