Female Poet, from the series Five Poetic Immortals (Gokasen)
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)
MFA, Hokusai (2013), #124; Dai Hokusai ten (1993), p. 200, surimono #116
Shikishiban; 20.6 x 18.7 cm (8 1/8 x 7 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
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.
「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」
Hokusai aratame Iitsu hitsu
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