Flower of the Heights (Takane no hana), No. 1 from the series Comparison of Flowers (Hana awase)

「花合一 高嶺の花」

Edo period
about 1835 (Tenpô 6)
Artist Yanagawa Shigenobu II (Japanese, active about 1830–60)

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #234


Shikishiban; 20.9 x 18.4 cm (8 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



The “flowers” of the series title are various kinds of women, in this case a young lady of high rank and her attendant.
Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 357.


Poem by Kurama'an Sansui: Fumoto nite/ soko zo to michi wa/ oshiuredo/ yubi mo sasasenu/ hana no yamamori

Poem by Wakanoya Uramichi, Shinshû: Yamabito no/ michi wa shiranedo/ saku hana no/ kumo ni kokoro no/ noranu hi zo naki

Poem by Shôsai Kakuô: Aogimiru/ takane no hana no/ kaobase ni/ hito no kokoro mo/ sora ni nari keri


Yanagawa Shigenobu


Artist's seal: Yanagawa


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