Court Lady with New Year Decorations, from the series Comparison of Beauties for the Year of the Goat (Tsuchinoto-hitsuji bijin awase no uchi)

己羊美人合之内 三方を持つ官女

Edo period
1799 (Kansei 11)
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #148; Kobayashi Fumiko, "Poetry Groups," in Carpenter, ed., Hokusai and His Age (2005), p. 162, fig. 3; Dai Hokusai ten (1993), p. 164, surimono #17


Kokonotsugiri; 13.9 x 17.7 cm (5 1/2 x 6 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 271. Series title on first sheet only.


Poem by Unryûtei: Saohime no/ sagegami nare ya/ aoyagi no/ nobitaru suso wa/ shoin made hiku

Poem by Chiyoki no Kibinori: Konezumi no/ nezumi yanagi no/ mayu tsukuru/ nobe ni kasumi no/ usu-keshô shitsu

Poem by Manzai no Ôgi: Iro-mekite/ medatsu yanagi no/ kami katachi/ hima naku naderu/ kado no harukaze


Sôri aratame Hokusai 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)

[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