Yu the Great (King Yu of the Xia Dynasty) Fights a Flood Dragon
about late 1820s
Artist Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)
McKee, Colored in the Year's New Light (Becker coll. exh. ca., 2008), #96
Shikishiban; 21.1 x 18.3 cm (8 5/16 x 7 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Possibly made for a Year of the Dragon, such as 1820 or 1832.
Poems translated in McKee 2008, p. 194.
Poem by Shôgekkyo Chiyoen: Ume ga ka no/ U-ô ga na o mo/ kaorasete/ kochi fuku haru no/ tatsu ni zo arikeri
Poem by Gekkatei: Namikaze wo/ osameshi ume ga/ ka no U-ô/ niohi mo tatsu no/ haru wa kinikeri
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