Flower of the Heights (Takane no hana), No. 1 from the series Comparison of Flowers (Hana awase)
about 1835 (Tenpô 6)
Artist Yanagawa Shigenobu II (Japanese, active about 1830–60)
Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #234
Shikishiban; 20.9 x 18.4 cm (8 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The “flowers” of the series title are various kinds of women, in this case a young lady of high rank and her attendant.
Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 357.
Poem by Kurama'an Sansui: Fumoto nite/ soko zo to michi wa/ oshiuredo/ yubi mo sasasenu/ hana no yamamori
Poem by Wakanoya Uramichi, Shinshû: Yamabito no/ michi wa shiranedo/ saku hana no/ kumo ni kokoro no/ noranu hi zo naki
Poem by Shôsai Kakuô: Aogimiru/ takane no hana no/ kaobase ni/ hito no kokoro mo/ sora ni nari keri
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