How Splendid is the Ancient Atmosphere That Still Prevails within the Palace Walls (Nao kokonoe no kami sabitaru sama koso medetaki mono nare), from the series Essays in Idleness (Tsurezuregusa)

「つれ/\草」 「なほ九重の神さひたるさまこそ めでたきものなれ」

Edo period
about 1831–2 (Tenpô 2–3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Another print in the series: McKee, Japanese Poetry Prints (2006), cat. no. 28; Christie's Sale Catalogue #7576 (October 23, 1992), lot #36; Uhlenbeck, The Poetic Image (1987), #26


Shikishiban; 19.8 x 17.8 cm (7 13/16 x 7 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



From section 23 of Tsurezuregusa (a collection of essays by Kenkô, written in the early 1330s); the English title given here is based on the translation by Donald Keene, minus one phrase not included in the inscription on the print.
Commissioned by the Manjiren poetry circle.




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)

[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