Poem by Abe no Nakamaro, from an untitled series of One Hundred Poets (Hyakunin isshu)
about 1767–68 (Meiwa 4–5)
Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
MFA, Suzuki Harunobu (exh. cat., 2017), #73; Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #218; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #318.7, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 44
Vertical chûban; 28.7 x 21.8 cm (11 5/16 x 8 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Out on Loan
On display at Chiba City Museum of Art, Japan, September 6, 2017 – October 23, 2017
No. 7 in the series.
Poem by Nakamaro: Ama no hara/ furisakemireba/ Kasugu naru/ Mikasa no yama ni/ ideshi tsuki ka mo
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