Rice-candy Balls (Mayutama no mochi)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)
Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #298
Shikishiban; 21.7 x 18.7 cm (8 9/16 x 7 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Poems: top by Bunritsuen Kokin, middle by Bunsaisha Fudemaru, bottom by Bunshinsha Kyoju.
「浅みとり柳は風にさからはてまろき心のまゆ玉のもち 文信舎橋住」「鴬も琴ひくはるは草の名のふき自在なる風のまゆ玉 文律園鼓琴」「世の中はかい／＼よりて青柳の風次第なるえたのまゆ玉 文彩舎筆丸」
Artist's seal: Kunisada
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