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Wind: A Courtesan, from the series Flowers and Birds, Wind and Moon (Kachô fûgetsu)

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MFA impressions: 00.1940, 11.20652 Poem translated in McKee 2008, p. 178; and Carpenter et al 2008, p. 313.


Poem by Ryûôtei Kaen Kochô: Kayoi kuru/ kaze ni makasu mo/ makasenu no/ sugata sunao na/ aoyagi no eda


Gototei Kunisada ga 五渡亭国貞画


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

McKee, Colored in the Year's New Light (Becker coll. exh. ca., 2008), #85; Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #196; Mirviss, Masterpieces of the Art of Surimono (2003), no.19; Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #28


Shikishiban; 28 x 18.5 cm (11 x 7 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper