Gourds and Swallows, from the series Comparisons of Flowers, Part 2 (Hanakurabe nihen)
はなくらへ 弐偏 瓜に燕
1877 (Meiji 10)
Artist Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807–1891)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
From a portfolio of 12 prints plus wrapper: 11.45856.1 to .13.
The series title and name of the Tokyo publisher Shûgyokudô are on the wrapper. One of the prints (11.45856.3) has a signature giving Zeshin’s age as 71 calendar years, implying the date of 1877.
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)
 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