Fire: Song Jiangming (Ka, Sôkômei), from the series Shuihuzhuan Heroes for the Five Elements (Suiko gogyô)
「水滸五行 火 宋江明」
Artist Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)
Forrer, Surimono (2013), #327; Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #122; Rijksmuseum cat. III, Hokusai and His School (1982), #195; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 145
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. 246.
Poem by Kyôkyôen Umekado: Harukaze ni/ Kaori oshimade/ Yari ume no/ hoshi to kirameku/ hana no konokami
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