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Woman Viewing Plum Blossoms and Writing Poetry

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Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 237.


Poem by Jômitei Hinamochi: Haru-kaze ni/ sosonokasare shi/ uguisu mo/ ume ni mihorete/ niou masuhana Poem by Tôjuen Sugagaki: Hikuki yori/ takaki ni utsuru/ uguisu wa/ garyô no ume ni/ tama fukumu koe Poem by Yayoi'an: Kumo ni utsushi/ mizu ni utsusu ya/ ametsuchi no/ aida ni michite/ amaru ume ga ka


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, early 1830s

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #113


Shikishiban; 20.8 x 17 cm (8 3/16 x 6 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper