No. 4 (Sono yon): Ama no Tajikara no Mikoto, from the series The Cave Door of Spring (Haru no iwato)

「春磐戸 其四」

Japanese
Edo period
1820s
Artist Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)


Catalogue Raisonné

McKee, Japanese Poetry Prints (Schoff Coll. cat., 2006), #55; Mirviss w/ Carpenter, Jewels of Japanese Printmaking (2000), #45; Rijksmus., The Ear Catches the Eye (2001), #63 (complete); Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 183 (3 sheets only)

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 21 x 18.7 cm (8 1/4 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.19835

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Pentaptych: 11.19809 (CR), 11.19833 (R), 11.19834 (C), 11.19835 (CL), 11.19836 (L)

Poems for this sheet (CL) translated in McKee 2006, p. 157.

Inscription

Poem by Iwa Tamori: Tsukihiboshi/ hikari no tokeki/ uguisu no/ uta no chikara ni/ akuru amanoto

Poem by Dondontei: Ôkagura/ maiko mukadono/ iwatokô/ abura no niou/ otomego no kami
月日星 光のとけき 鶯の 歌の力に あくる天の戸  倭和多守
太神楽 舞こむ門の 岩戸香 油のにほふ をとめ子の髪  鈍々亭

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