No. 7, Applying Dye (Shichi, Sometsukige), from the series Famous Horses (Meiba soroe)

「名馬揃 七 染月毛」

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #240; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 2, #272; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 355

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 20.8 x 17.8 cm (8 3/16 x 7 in.)

Accession Number

11.20730

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. 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.

Inscription

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

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