Earth (Do): Courtesan Looking at a Planter with the Seven Herbs, from the series Five Elements for the Bunsai Poetry Group, a Comparison of Guides to the Pleasure Quarters (Bunsaigawa gogyô, kagai saiken awase)

「文斎側五行土 花街細見合」 植木の七草

Edo period
about 1819 (Bunsei 2)
Artist Torii Kiyomitsu II (Kiyomine) (Japanese, 1787–1868)

Catalogue Raisonné

Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 289


Shikishiban; 20.3 x 18.5 cm (8 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Apparently a series by different artists; MFA examples include 11.25189, Metal, by Shun’ei, and 11.25682, Earth, by Kiyomitsu II. Fire, by Hokkei, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The MMA dates the series to about 1820, but since Shun’ei died in 1819, the date has been adjusted accordingly.


Kiyomitsu ga


Blockcutter's mark


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