Sotoori-hime, one of the Three Gods of Japanese Poetry (Waka sanjin)

和歌三神 衣通姫

Japanese
Edo period
about 1828 (Bunsei 11)
Artist Yashima Gakutei (Japanese, 1786?–1868)


Catalogue Raisonné

Forrer, Surimono (2013), #176

Dimensions

20 x 13.3 cm (7 7/8 x 5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.20480

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink, color, and metallic pigment on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

According to Forrer, based on an earlier design of about 1826, from a series of the Three Gods of Japanese Poetry (Waka sanjin). However, the rays emanating from the figure also suggest an interpretation of the courtly lady as Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess.

Inscription

Poem by Hakumôsha Manmori: Hikari sou/ kaze no sasoite/ ôzora no/ kumoi ni takaku/ noboru ito ... (?)

Signed

Gakutei
岳亭

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