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Three Tools of Country LIfe (Tai mitsu dôgu): Spade for the New Year Pine Tree (Kadomatsu no suki) (R); Sickle of the New Moon (Mikazuki no kama) (C); Hoe for the First Tilling in the New Year (Uchizome no kuwa) (L)

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Triptych: 54.262 (left), 54.263 (center), 54.264 (right) Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 132 (C only); McKee 2006, p. 141 (R only); Keyes 1985, vol.1, pp. 56 (C) and 57 (L)

Inscription

Right sheet: Poem by Shinkaku Yasunari: Haru konu to/ satohi kokoro mo/ mazu tachite/ miyahi hasuki no/ michi ni koso yore Poem by Shûchôdô: Tamatasuki/ une o tsukurite/ arakane no/ tsuchi no nioi mo/ okosu ume ga ka Center sheet: Poem by Shôchôsa Tomozuru: Mikazuki no/ tôfu no mimi mo/ katai naka/ Kamakura chikaku/ niou ume ga ka Poem by Shûchôdô: Sora no umi ya/ toshinami koete/ haru mo mata/ wakame karu chô/ mikazuki no kama Left sheet: Poem by Komendô Sennan: Tama fukumu/ shizuku no tai ni/ uguisu mo/ hitokuwa hairu/ hatake no uchizome Poem by Shûchôdô: Kuwa to kaku/ moji sae aki o/ kanahen ni/ shizu ga tagayasu/ haru no koyamada 右 「春来ぬと さとひ心も まつ立て ミやひハすきの 道にこそよれ  寝覚保成 玉たすき うねをつくりて あらかたの 土のにほひも おこす梅かゝ  秋長堂」 左 「玉ふくむ 雫の田居に うぐいすも ひと鍬入る 畑の打初  湖面堂川南 鍬とかく 文字さへ秋を かなへんに 賎がたがやす 春の小山田 秋長堂」

Signed

Keisai (on each sheet) 渓斎

Credit Line

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston—Worcester Art Museum exchange, made possible through the Special Korean Pottery Fund, Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution, and Smithsonian Institution—Chinese Expedition, 1923–24

Japanese, Edo period, about 1825 (Bunsei 8)

Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba Mus., Keisai Eisen (2012), #213 (L); Carpenter et al., Reading Surimono (2008), #7 (C); McKee, Schoff cat. (2006), #48 (R); Mirviss w/ Carpenter, Jewels of J. Printmaking (2000), #107 (R); Keyes, Chester Beatty cat (1985), v. 1, #s 14-15 (C, L)

Dimensions

Shikishiban triptych; 20.5 x 17.4 cm (8 1/16 x 6 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

54.262-4

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints