Courtesy (Rei), from the series A Set of Five [Virtues] for the Katsushika Group (Katsushika goban)

「かつしか五番 礼」

Edo period
early to mid 1810s
Artist Kubo Shunman (Japanese, 1757–1820)

Catalogue Raisonné

McKee, Colored in the New Year's Light (2008), #125; other prints in the series: Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), pp. 403, 405


12.1 x 18.1 cm (4 3/4 x 7 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Poems translated in McKee 2008, p. 250.


Poem by Bunsaisha Fudemaru: Aoyagi no/ sugata nomi ka wa/ kefu to ieba/ kishiki ni mayu o/ tsukuru taoyame
Poem by Bunshûsha Hiroba: Taoyame ga/ kao ni ôgi wa/ kazashitemo/ hatsuhi no kage o/ utsusu tosozake
Poem by Bunbunsha [Kanikomaru]: Saku ume no/ Muromachi-fû wa/ harusame no/ Ashikaga some ya/ niau narubeshi


(seal only)


Artist's seal: Shunman


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