In the Shell-matching Game, Some People Do Not Notice What Is in Front of Them But Look Around Instead ... (Kai o ôu hito no waga mae naru o ba okite yoso o miwatashi), from the series Essays in Idleness (Tsurezure-gusa)

「つれ/\草」 「貝をおほふ人の我まへなるをはをきてよそを見わたし」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1831–2 (Tenpô 2–3)
Artist Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)


Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.25460

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

… and so of course they lose the game when the shells before their eyes are claimed by other players.
From section 171 of Tsurezuregusa (a collection of essays by Kenkô, written in the early 1330s).
Commissioned by the Manjiren poetry circle.

Signed

Hokkei
北渓

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