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Woman Kneeling by a Waterfall; Parody of Xu You

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Upper sheet of incomplete vertical diptych. Poems translated in Keyes 1985, vol. 2, p. 301, and Carpenter et al 2008, p. 341.


Poem by Rôgetsuan Umekage: Mizutama o/ marobasu taki ni/ araitaru/ mimi uruwashiki/ uguisu no koe Poem by Shakuyakutei: Harukaze ni/ kôri wa tokete/ sasou mizu/ aredo moyô no/ ume wa nagarezu Poem by Chôkintei Aoki: Ushi no se ni/ tsuketaru hana no/ kumoma yori/ tsukihi no niou/ uguisu no koe


Ôju Sadakage ga


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1829 (Bunsei 12)

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #218a; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 2, #s 257-8



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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper