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Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 188.


Poem by Asaka Katsumi: Hakuoki no/ kenbu toya min/ isamu kora/ ga kazaru ningyô/ mo kômon no kai Poem by Hokusô (Baikô Kitamado or Umeyoshi): Noborie no/ shôki ni nitaru/ hankai mo/ tate naru oni o/ hishigu sama miya Poem by Mochizuki Kagenari: Shôbugusa/ ôsakazuki ni/ kage ukete/ tomoegawara e/ sasu mo medetaki


Gakutei Sadaoka ga 岳亭定岡画


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 1824 (Bunsei 7)

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #63; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #74


Shikishiban; 21 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