The Hall of Immortality (Chôseiden)

長正殿

Japanese
Edo period
1831 (Tenpô 2)
Artist Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)


Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #129; Christie's Sale Catalogue #7576 (October 23, 1992), lot #37; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #138; Egoyomi et surimono (Werner Schindler Bienne Coll. Cat., 1983), cat. no. 104

Dimensions

Shikishiban, upright diptych; 42.6 x 18 cm (16 3/4 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.19634

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.19634, 21.10399

Poems translated in Keyes 1985, vol. 1, p. 170.

Inscription

Poem by Seiyôkan Umeyo: Meoto naka/ mutsumajizuki no/ hatsuyume ni/ miru mo medetaki/ kyûden rôkaku

Poem by Kagendô Tsugiho: Chôsei no/ kusuri ni toso no/ sakazuki o/ ware nimo atai/ senkin no haru
長生の薬にこそのさかつきを 我にも価千金の春  花源洞継穂
夫婦中むつまし月のはつ夢に ミるもめてたき宮殿楼閣  青陽館梅世

Signed

Hokkei
北渓

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