Wood (Ki): Lute and Plum Blossoms, from the series The Five Elements (Gogyô)

「五行 木」 梅と琵琶

Japanese
Edo period
early 1820s


Catalogue Raisonné

Rijksmuseum, The Ear Catches the Eye (2001), #4; Mirviss, The Frank Lloyd Wright Collection of Surimono (1995), cat. no. 15

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 20.3 x 18 cm (8 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21073

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Poems by Goantei Rakuzumi and Sairaikyo.

Inscription

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

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