Female Poet, from the series Five Poetic Immortals (Gokasen)

「五歌仙」

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Hokusai (2013), #124; Dai Hokusai ten (1993), p. 200, surimono #116

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 20.6 x 18.7 cm (8 1/8 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.20419

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The Five Poetic Immortals who served in the court of the empress Shôshi (later Jôtômon’in) are Akazome Emon, Izumi Shikibu, Murasaki Shikibu, Uma no Naishi, and Ise no Ôsuke.

Inscription

「はる風にとめ木のかをりさそひ来て きくにゆかしき鶯の声 対山楼 坂上高道」
「花ひらの数にひとしき五つ衣 袖にとめ木ハ梅かゝそする 芍薬亭」

Signed

Hokusai aratame Iitsu hitsu
北斎改為一筆

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection