The Seaweed Gathering Ritual (Mekari no shinji)

和布刈の神事

Japanese
Edo period
early 1830s
Artist Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)


Catalogue Raisonné

Mirviss w/ Carpenter, Jewels of Japanese Printmaking (2000), #48; Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #282

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 21.8 x 18 cm (8 9/16 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.19819

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Poems translated in Mirviss w/ Carpenter 2000, p. 96.

Inscription

Poem by Miwasha Suginari of Nagato Province: Mekari shite/ kakureru michi wa/ usugasumi/ hayatomo no miya ni/ haru wa kinikeri
Poem by Konkotei Yamagiwa of Yamaguchi in Suô Province: Mojigaseki/ kasumu ashita ni/ hayatomo no/ ura-ura miete/ wakame kariramu
「布刈して かくれる道は 薄霞 
はやともの宮に 春ハ来にけり  三輪舎杉成

文字か関 かすむあしたに はやともの
うらうらみえて 若布刈らむ  周防山口 箟口亭山際」

Signed

Ôju Hokkei hitsu
応需北渓筆

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