Courtesan Viewing a Potted Plum Tree
Artist Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)
Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #115
Shikishiban; 21 x 18 cm (8 1/4 x 7 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 238.
Poem by Jômitei Hinamochi: Jô minoru/ kado no yanagi ni/ manekarete/ toshi tachi-kaeru/ haru no akebono
Poem by Honmenya Wakako: Aigyô wa/ koboruru bakari/ kono hana no/ sode ni kasumi no/ ume niou sato
Poem by Yayoi'an Hinamaru: Ukedashite/ te-ike no hana to/ shitemitashi/ hoka ni nagame no/ aranu umegae
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