Mountain Dweller (Yamabito), from the series An Incense Contest (Takimono awase)

「薫物合 山人」

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #243; Mirviss w/ Carpenter, Jewels of Japanese Printmaking (2000), #31


Shikishiban; 21.2 x 18.5 cm (8 3/8 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



From a series based on the names of types of incense, made for the Shakuyakutei circle.
Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 367.


Poem by Gantôsha Nagafusa, Yorii: Senjokô/ imo ni torasen/ oisezute/ wakagaeritaru/ haru no toshidama

Poem by Chikujuen Shigeyasu: Senjokô/ kewau yomogi ga/ Shimada-mage/ michitose no momo no/ hana no omokage

Poem by Kagenrô: Oboroyo no/ tsuki no kagami ni/ mukaedomo/ itsumo hatachi no/ Fuji no Yamahime


Nisei Yanagawa Shigenobu


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