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Women's Gagaku Concert under Cherry Blossoms: Koto, from the series Pentaptych for the Hisakataya Poetry Club (Hisakataya gobantsuzuki)

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The complete pentaptych (order uncertain): 11.18964-8 (complete); 2009.4994.2-5 (four sheets only) Poems translated in Polster & Marks 1980), pp. 49-49A.


Poem by Kamenoya Osamaru: Haru no no wa/ hana no kumoi ni/ chôshibui/ tsutsumi tampopo/ tsukuzukushi koto Poem by Hisakataya: Tamagoto no/ tsumetaku wa araji/ to ki no moto/ ni furikuru hana/ no yuki zo te ni suru 春の野は花の雲井にてふし笛 つゝみたんぽゝつくずくし琴 玉琴のつめたくはあらしと木のもとに ふるくる花のゆきそてにする


Gakutei hitsu 岳亭筆


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 1827 (Bunsei 10)

Catalogue Raisonné

Rijksmuseum, The Ear Catches the Eye (2001), #2; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #91; Rijksmuseum cat. III, Hokusai and His School (1982), #240a; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 53 (complete)


Shikishiban; 22 x 18.8 cm (8 11/16 x 7 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink, color, and metallic pigments on paper