Hawfinch and Marvel-of-Peru (Ikaru, oshiroi no hana), from an untitled series known as Small Flowers

中判花鳥 「鵤(いかる) 白粉花(おしろいのはな)」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1834 (Tenpô 5)
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)


Catalogue Raisonné

TNM, Hokusai (2005), #372; Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 227, vertical chûban #22.10

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 25.7 x 18.5 cm (10 1/8 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.20437

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.20437 (2nd ed.), 11.23024 (1st ed.), 21.10222 (1st ed.)

Inscription

Haikai poem by Yôdaijo (“Moon Lady”), dates unknown: Oshiroi no/ hana ya botan no/ ushirogaki

「白粉の 花や牡丹の うしろ垣 瑤台女」

Signed

Saki no Hokusai Iitsu hitsu

前北斎為一筆

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection