Fishing Boats (Isaribune), from the series An Incense Contest (Takimono awase)
about 1835 (Tenpô 6)
Artist Yanagawa Shigenobu II (Japanese, active about 1830–60)
Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #245
Shikishiban; 21 x 18.3 cm (8 1/4 x 7 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
From a series based on the names of types of incense, made for the Shakuyakutei circle.
Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 369.
Poem by Kôtôtei Anone: Shirauo no/ yoru kagaribi ni/ yanagi ha no/ usura-hi tokuru/ Sumida no kawagishi
Poem by Shikishima no Edamichi: Nodoka naru/ haru no shirushi wa/ shirauo no/ ami no hotsure ni/ asobu ito miyu
Poem by Kayûen Nagabumi: Fuji utsuru/ kawa-kaze wa mada/ Hie no yama/ hatachi kasanete/ hisagu shirauo
Nisei Yanagawa Shigenobu
Artist's seal: Yanagawa (?)
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