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The Ten Chief Pupils of Confucius (Kômon jittetsu), from the series A Set of Ten Famous Numerals for the Katsushika Circle (Katsushikaren meisû jûban)

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Poem by Fuji no Fusanaga: Tôjin ga/ jûnin yoreba/ tô iro nite/ shimon ame uru/ haru no nigiwai Poem by Shôfûsai: Sasanaki wo/ ureshi shitatoki/ uguisu wa/ kuchi kara saki e/ umaretariken 十人か十人 よれは 十いろ にて 罒文飴 うる 春の賑ひ 笹なきを うれし舌とき うくひすは 口からさきへ うまれたりけん


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 1823 (Bunsei 6)

Catalogue Raisonné

Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #66


Shikishiban; 21 x 18.9 cm (8 1/4 x 7 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper