A Turnip from Higashiyama (Higashiyama kabura), from the series Model Letters for Home Instruction (Teikin ôrai)
about 1818 (Bunka 15/Bunsei1)
Artist Ryûryûkyo Shinsai (Japanese, 1764?–1820)
Rijksmuseum, Surimono: Poetry and Image (2000), p. 66, #36; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 2, #284
Shikishiban; 21.3 x 19 cm (8 3/8 x 7 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Poems translated in Keyes 1985, vol. 2, p. 333.
Poem by Kashakutei Aigaki: Kozo tsumishi/ yuki no furusu no/ uguisuna/ watarite arau/ tanigawa no mizu
Poem by Harunoya Hajime: Uguisu no/ koe haru fukuro/ nuizome ya/ himo mo tôshite/ niou ume ga ka
Poem by Soramitsuya Maeda: Higashiyama/ kabura ya kuishi/ asagoto ni/ ne mo hosokaranu/ niwa no uguisu
Printer's mark: Ryûsai
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