No. 7, Applying Dye (Shichi, Sometsukige), from the series Famous Horses (Meiba soroe)
「名馬揃 七 染月毛」
1834 (Tenpô 5)
Artist Yanagawa Shigenobu II (Japanese, active about 1830–60)
Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #240; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 2, #272; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 355
Shikishiban; 20.8 x 17.8 cm (8 3/16 x 7 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 363; and Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 348.
The titles and poems in this series play on the names of famous horses in Japanese history. Sometsuki was the name of a horse owned by Shibata Shigeie, and tsukige “moon hair” is a term for a horse with a pale coat.
Poem by Shôchikuen Hanagasa: Uguisu no/ kinaku hikage ni/ kurenai no/ kozome no ume no/ niou tokiginu
Poem by Kôtôtei Kasasagi: Kurenai ni/ hito hake hikishi/ asagasumi/ somemura no naki/ haru no sora iro
Poem by Matsunoya Kotobuki: Iro somete/ shinshi o haru no/ nodokesa wa/ hakeme ni kasumu/ kurenai no kinu
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