Butterflies (Kochô), from the series A Set of Five Designs for the Katsushika Group: Textiles Dyed the Colors of Spring Dawn (Katsushika goban haru no akebono-zome)

「かつしか五番 春のあけほの染 胡蝶」

Edo period
about 1830 (Bunsei 13/Tenpô 1)
Artist Yashima Gakutei (Japanese, 1786?–1868)

Catalogue Raisonné

Mirviss w/ Carpenter, Jewels of Japanese Printmaking (2000), #74


Shikishiban; 21.4 x 18.8 cm (8 7/16 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Commissioned by the Katsushika poetry club.


Poem by Hakujitsuen Ganju: Taoyame ka/ kasashi no chô wa/ yuiwake no/ ume no afura no/ kao ya shitaheru
Poem by Keikyûsha Tadamori: Saohime ka/ yanagi no kami mo/ yûgeshô/ beni sasu sora ni/ chô no oshiroi
Poem by Hakumôsha: Iro asenu/ kasumi no kinu no/ murasaki ni/ haru no moyô ya/ chô no surihaku
たおやめか かさしの蝶は 結わけの 梅のあふらの かをやしたへる  向日園岩主
佐保姫か 柳のかミも 夕化粧 紅さすそらに 蝶のおしろい  鶏鳴舎忠守
色あせぬ かすミのきぬの むらさきに 春のもやうや 蝶のすり箔  白毛舎




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)

[1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection