The poem reads: As the tie cords gradually unravel, skin like snow. (Shitahimo no/ tandan tokete/ yuki no hada)
Publisher's seal: "yama" in a circle.
Ishikawa Toyonobu zu
Artist's seal: Toyonobu
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:  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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Japanese, Edo period, early 1760s
- Artist Ishikawa Toyonobu, Japanese, 1711–1785
Clark, Morse, Virgin, and Hockley, Dawn of the Floating World (2000-1), #127; Ukiyo-e taisei 3 (1931), #33
Hashira-e; 69.6 x 10.5 cm (27 3/8 x 4 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (benizuri-e); ink and limited color on paper