Gift Box and Wrapper
about 1798–9 (Kansei 10–11)
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)
13.3 x 15.6 cm (5 1/4 x 6 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Numbers for the long and short months are concealed in the label on the lid of the box.
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