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The Tale of Ono no Takamura from An Official Account of the Montoku Era (Ono no Takamura, Montoku jitsuroku), from the series Twenty-four Japanese Paragons of Filial Piety for the Honchô Circle (Honchôren, Honchô nijûshi kô)

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Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 159.


Poem by Hamanoya Masago: Hitotose no/ oya naru haru zo/ taisetsu to/ ue-oku ume no/ ka sae Takamura Poem by Sodenoya Furiyoshi: Morokoshi no/ kata o mo haru wa/ arasoite/ ogamu ya hatsu no/ mikazuki no fune


Gakutei 岳亭


Artist's seal: Sadaoka


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, about 1821–22 (Bunsei 4–5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #33; Mirviss, The Frank Lloyd Wright Collection of Surimono (1995), cat. no. 4; Rijksmuseum cat. III, Hokusai and His School (1982), #204


Shikishiban; 20.9 x 18.7 cm (8 1/4 x 7 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper