No. 5, Silver Coins (Go, Nanryô), from the series Famous Horses (Meiba soroe)
「名馬揃 五 南鐐」
1834 (Tenpô 5)
Artist Yanagawa Shigenobu II (Japanese, active about 1830–60)
Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #238
Shikishiban; 20.8 x 18 cm (8 3/16 x 7 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 360.
The titles and poems in this series play on the names of famous horses in Japanese history. Nanryô was the name of a twelfth-century warrior’s horse mentioned in Heike monogatari.
Poem by Kirakuan Mitsumaro: Shirokane no/ iro utsukushiki/ hito hira no/ yuki chirikakaru/ hana no shitabushi
Poem by Chikujuen Shigeyasu: Funazoko no/ makura o yosete/ hana no nami/ miru zo tanoshiki/ haru no fukagawa
Poem by Ichiryûken Kazutori: Yuki tokeshi/ mizu no nagare ya/ mizu kiyoki/ itsutsu no machi no/ hoka no ukareme
Nisei Yanagawa Shigenobu ga
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