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Things That are Mixed: Rice Cake Soup and Bonito (Kakimazaru mono, zôni no hanagatsuo), from the series The Pillow Book Series for the Mutsumi Group (Mutsumigawa Bantsuzuki Makura no Sôshi)

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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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, late 1810s

Catalogue Raisonné

McKee, Colored in the Year's New Light (Becker coll. exh. ca., 2008), p. 286 (mentioned but no photo); Mizuta Museum, Surimono (2004), cat. no. 28; another design in the series: Mirviss, The Frank Lloyd Wright Collection of Surimono (1995), cat. no. 99


Shikishiban; 20.7 x 18.5 cm (8 1/8 x 7 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper