No. 3, Under the Tree (Konoshita kage), from the series Famous Horses (Meiba soroe)

「名馬揃 三 木下蔭」

Japanese
Edo period
1834 (Tenpô 5)
Artist Yanagawa Shigenobu II (Japanese, active about 1830–60)


Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #237

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 21 x 18.5 cm (8 1/4 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.20736

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 359.
The titles and poems in this series play on the names of famous horses in Japanese history. Konoshita, a fawn-colored horse (kage), was owned by the twelfth-century warrior Minamoto Nakatsuna.

Inscription

Poem by Goshintei San'en: Saku hana no/ kokage ni yorite/ harusame no/ ito ni kokoro no/ koma tsunagu kamo

Poem by Bokubokutei Kineo, Kashû: Harusame ni/ nureshi sugata zo/ utsukushiki/ hana no namima ni/ tatsu no miyahime

Poem by Shinryûtei Harukaze: Nodoka naru/ hinata yori nao/ harusame ni/ nurete ureshiki/ hana no kagemon

Signed

Nisei Yanagawa Shigenobu ga

二世柳川重信画

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