Neck-pulling Contest of Benkei and Chinese Beauty, from the series Chinese and Japanese Heroes for the Soramitsuya Circle (Soramitsuyaren wakan buyû awase sanban no uchi)

「空満屋連和漢武勇合三番之内」 弁慶と唐美人の首引き

Japanese
Edo period
about 1820 (Bunsei 3)
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)


Catalogue Raisonné

Dai Hokusai ten (1993), p. 192, surimono #94; Keyes, Surimono (Spencer Museum cat., 1984), cat. no. 110, pl. 26

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 21.8 x 19.1 cm (8 9/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.20416

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Poems translated in Keyes 1984, p. 74.

Inscription

Poem by Komichi: Yôyô to/ kesa wa kasumi o/ hikiaite/ asobu yô naru/ haru no yamayama

Poem by Kihô: Harugasumi/ tatsu ni naraite/ onozukara/ hippari no yoki/ uguisu no koe

Poem by Magara: Haru kureba/ ezo ka chishima no/ hoka made mo/ nioeru ume ya/ naoki isaoshi

Poem by Maeda: Tatsu haru no/ iro o kisoite/ hatsugasumi/ hikiau sama ya/ unebi miminashi

Signed

Hokusai Taito aratame Katsushika Iitsu hitsu

北斎戴斗改葛飾為一筆

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