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Objects Suggesting Longevity: Fan with Pine Trees, Inro with Crane, and Netsuke in Shape of Turtle

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Poems translated in Polster & Marks 1980, p. 188.


Poems by Shosûtei Shinku, Matsuyamatei Okunari, and Yomo no Magao.


Hokkei 北渓


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,

Catalogue Raisonné

Rijksmuseum cat. III, Hokusai and His School (1982), #156; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 191


Shikishiban; 21 x 18 cm (8 1/4 x 7 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper