Benkei and the Plum Tree, from the series Warriors Compared to Pine, Bamboo, and Plum (Musha shôchikubai ban tsuzuki)
about 1828 (Bunsei 11)
Artist Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)
Mirviss w/ Carpenter, Jewels of Japanese Printmaking (2000), #49
Shikishiban; 20.8 x 18 cm (8 3/16 x 7 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The complete set of three: 11.20586-11.20588.
Poem by Seiyôkan Umeyo: Umegae wa/ oranu nanba no/ irosato ni/ yuhi o kiru koso/ ayashikarikere
梅か枝は をらぬ難波の いろさとに ゆひをきるこそ あやしかりけれ 青陽館梅世
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