Man Sweeping; Calendar for 1737

掃き (絵暦)

Edo period
1737 (Genbun 2)
Artist Torii Kiyomasu II (Japanese, 1706–1763), Publisher Igaya Kan'emon (Bunkidô) (Japanese)


Hosoban; 31.2 x 15 cm (12 5/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (urushi-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color and nikawa

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



The year is written on the pillar holding the hanging flower arrangement. The months are indicated in the opening lines of the poem to the left; each of the first twelve characters represents a month, and the long months (2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 11, 12) are written larger than the short ones (1, 5, 7, 8, 10, and intercalary 11).


Torii Kiyomasu 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