Court Lady with New Year Decorations, from the series Comparison of Beauties for the Year of the Goat (Tsuchinoto-hitsuji bijin awase no uchi)
1799 (Kansei 11)
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)
Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #148; Kobayashi Fumiko, "Poetry Groups," in Carpenter, ed., Hokusai and His Age (2005), p. 162, fig. 3; Dai Hokusai ten (1993), p. 164, surimono #17
Kokonotsugiri; 13.9 x 17.7 cm (5 1/2 x 6 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 271. Series title on first sheet only.
Poem by Unryûtei: Saohime no/ sagegami nare ya/ aoyagi no/ nobitaru suso wa/ shoin made hiku
Poem by Chiyoki no Kibinori: Konezumi no/ nezumi yanagi no/ mayu tsukuru/ nobe ni kasumi no/ usu-keshô shitsu
Poem by Manzai no Ôgi: Iro-mekite/ medatsu yanagi no/ kami katachi/ hima naku naderu/ kado no harukaze
Sôri aratame Hokusai 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: August 3, 1911)
 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