Wood (Ki): Lute and Plum Blossoms, from the series The Five Elements (Gogyô)
「五行 木」 梅と琵琶
Rijksmuseum, The Ear Catches the Eye (2001), #4; Mirviss, The Frank Lloyd Wright Collection of Surimono (1995), cat. no. 15
Shikishiban; 20.3 x 18 cm (8 x 7 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink, color, and metallic pigment on paper
Not On View
Poems by Goantei Rakuzumi and Sairaikyo.
Poem by Goantei Rakuzumi: Ume yanagi/ nueru nishiki no/ fukuru naru/ kasumi ni tsutsumu/ Seizan no biwa
Poem by Sairaikyo: Hatsuyume no/ Fuji wa nukedashi/ sono ato no/ kasumi ni uzumu/ Biwa no mizu'umi
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