Biwa, No. 3 in the series Musical Instruments (Gakki sono san)
「楽器 其三」 琵琶
Artist Ryûryûkyo Shinsai (Japanese, 1764?–1820)
Another print in the series: Rijksmuseum, The Ear Catches the Eye (2001), #59
Kokonotsugiri; 13.9 x 18.8 cm (5 1/2 x 7 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Biwa with brocade cover and potted adonis plant.
Ryuryukyo Shinsai ga
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