No. 2, Guan Yu (Sono ni, Kan'u), from the series Three Heroes of the State of Shu (Shoku sanketsu)
「蜀三傑 其二 関羽」
about 1824 (Bunsei 7)
Artist Yashima Gakutei (Japanese, 1786?–1868)
Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #62; Heiteres treiben... (Köln, 1990), #2-75; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #76
Shikishiban; 21.2 x 18.9 cm (8 3/8 x 7 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink, color, and metallic pigment on paper
Not On View
Poem translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 188.
Poem by Sanzuntei Kusami: Kankô no/ hige mo utsukushi/ haru no hi no/ nagaku naritaru/ momozono no sake
Gakutei Sadaoka byô
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)
 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