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Two Panels of a Folding Screen: Minamoto Yoshiie (right side), Bird on Cherry Branch (left side), from a set of six sheets showing a pair of screens

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Poems translated in Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 333; and Bowie et al, Art of the Surimono (1979), p. 62.


Poem by Misora: Chôkan naru/ haru no kodori no. kyaku miete/ kasumi ni niou/ yamazaskura ka na Poem by Hisakataya: Akete kesa/ yosun ni kasumi wa/ Michinoku no/ nakoso wa na nomi/ haru wa kinikeri


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Artist's seals: Shin, Sai


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

Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #272 (complete set of six); Rijksmuseum cat. III, Hokusai and His School (1982), #s 97-102 (complete); Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 335 (4 sheets); Bowie et al, Art of the Surimono (1979), #29 (this sheet)


Shikishiban; 21 x 18.5 cm (8 1/4 x 7 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper