A Young Man Wearing a Fine Jacket That Glittered in the Moonlight, Although Its Color Could Not Be Clearly Seen, with Dark Trousers ... (Wakaki otoko no tsukikage ni iro ai sadaka naranedo tsuyayakanaru kariginu ni koki sashinuki), from the series Essays
about 1831–2 (Tenpô 2–3)
Artist Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)
Shikishiban; 19.9 x 18 cm (7 13/16 x 7 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
(the original text continues) … accompanied by a small boy, walked through the fields playing a flute.
From section 44 of Tsurezuregusa (a collection of essays by Kenkô, written in the early 1330s).
Commissioned by the Manjiren poetry circle.
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