Hagi, from the series Beauties of the Floating World Compared to Flowers (Ukiyo bijin yosebana)

「浮世美人寄花 娘風 萩」 (剪綵)

Edo period
about 1770 (Meiwa 7)
Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)

Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #483; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #262.7, and supp. 2 (1982), pl. 526


Vertical chûban; 27.7 x 19.2 cm (10 7/8 x 7 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper, with sections cut out and backed with fabric (sensai)

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.19492, 11.30141

The print has been used for a traditional craft known as sensai (“textile cutout”) in which areas of color are cut out and backed with fabric.


1. Haikai poem on stele: Nurete yuku/ hito wa okashi ya/ [ame no hagi]
2. Tanka poem above: Itodo mata/ orite zo masaru/ aki hagi no/ hana no nishiki no/ tsuyu no tatenuki


Suzuki Harunobu ga


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