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The Tale of Genji: The Broom Tree (Genji Hahakigi), no. 2 from the series Genji in Fifty-Four Sheets (Genji gojûyonmai no uchi)

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Yamato gakô Nishimura Shigenaga hitsu 大和画工


Artist's seal: Shige


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 1735 (Kyôhô 20)

Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #14; Waterhouse, Images of Eighteenth-Century Japan (1975), #40 (described but not illustrated)


Horizontal hosoban; 16.1 x 33.5 cm (6 5/16 x 13 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (beni-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied and stenciled color and metallic powder