Two Panels of a Folding Screen: Minamoto Yoshiie (right side), Bird on Cherry Branch (left side), from a set of six sheets showing a pair of screens

屏風 源義家、桜に小鳥

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Ryûryûkyo Shinsai (Japanese, 1764?–1820)


Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #272 (complete set of six); Rijksmuseum cat. III, Hokusai and His School (1982), #s 97-102 (complete); Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 335 (4 sheets); Bowie et al, Art of the Surimono (1979), #29 (this sheet)

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 21 x 18.5 cm (8 1/4 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.19837

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Poems translated in Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 333; and Bowie et al, Art of the Surimono (1979), p. 62.

Inscription

Poem by Misora: Chôkan naru/ haru no kodori no. kyaku miete/ kasumi ni niou/ yamazaskura ka na

Poem by Hisakataya: Akete kesa/ yosun ni kasumi wa/ Michinoku no/ nakoso wa na nomi/ haru wa kinikeri

Signed

(seals only)

Markings

Artist's seals: Shin, Sai

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