Hana no ani (Cherry's Elder Brother)


Edo period
about 1798–9 (Kansei 10–11)
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849), Author of preface Ranjatei Kaoru (Japanese), Author of postface Senshuan Sandara hôshi (Japanese), Calligrapher Sawa Kôsai (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Hokusai (2013), #130; Hillier, Art of Hokusai in Book Illus. (1980), list no. 79


Overall: 20.2 x 14 cm (7 15/16 x 5 1/2 in.); hanshibon; orihon

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock printed book; ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books


artist (frontispiece) : Sôri aratame Hokusai ga; (colophon): Hokusai Tokimasa ga
口絵:宗理改北斎画; 奥付け:北斎辰政画


Red seals:(artist): Shi Zoka; (collector): Shikitei (formerly in the collection of Shikitei Sanba)
朱印:(画家印) 師造化; (蔵書印) 式亭 (式亭三馬旧蔵)


Shikitei Sanba (b. 1776 - d. 1822), Japan. Between about 1897 and 1907, probably acquired in Japan by Charles J. Morse (b. 1852 - d. 1911), Evanston, IL; by descent to his son, Jared Kirtland Morse (b. 1886 - d. 1949) and his wife, Caroline Roberts Morse (b. 1907 - d. 1982), Cromwell, CT; gift of Mrs. Jared K. Morse to the MFA. (Accession date: July 31, 1998)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Jared K. Morse in memory of Charles J. Morse