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Turtles, with inset of Urashima Tarô

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Poem translated in McKee 2008, p. 278.


Poem by Shikyô: Namima yori/ kasumu Urashima/ Tarô tsuki/ Ryûgû made mo/ haru ya tachiran


Go Hokkei 呉北渓


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1830 (Bunsei 13/Tenpô 1)

Catalogue Raisonné

McKee, Colored in the Year's New Light (Becker coll. exh. ca., 2008), #146; Heiteres treiben... (Köln, 1990), #2-57; Rijksmuseum cat. III, Hokusai and His School (1982), #182


Shikishiban; 20.3 x 18.4 cm (8 x 7 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper