Chinese Poetry, from the series Three Arts for the Sugawara Group (Sugawara sanseki)
about 1824 (Bunsei 7)
Artist Yashima Gakutei (Japanese, 1786?–1868)
Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #79; another design in the series: Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #40
Shikishiban; 21.5 x 18.8 cm (8 7/16 x 7 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Poems translated in Keyes 1985, vol. 1, p. 112.
Poem by Shuntei Kurabeuma: Uguisu o dai shite tsukuru karauta ni suzuri no kôri kudaku kakizome
Poem by Umenoto Wakauma of Mito: Hi no moto no/ fuji no sugata wa/ futsuka no yo/ morokoshi bito mo/ yume ni miruran
Poem by Setsudô Hanakatsuya: Yamatai o/ oshieshi kumo ya/ haminuran/ kesa uguisu no/ utau karauta
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