No. 3, Under the Tree (Konoshita kage), from the series Famous Horses (Meiba soroe)

「名馬揃 三 木下蔭」

Edo period
1834 (Tenpô 5)
Artist Yanagawa Shigenobu II (Japanese, active about 1830–60)

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #237


Shikishiban; 21 x 18.5 cm (8 1/4 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



Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 359.
The titles and poems in this series play on the names of famous horses in Japanese history. Konoshita, a fawn-colored horse (kage), was owned by the twelfth-century warrior Minamoto Nakatsuna.


Poem by Goshintei San'en: Saku hana no/ kokage ni yorite/ harusame no/ ito ni kokoro no/ koma tsunagu kamo

Poem by Bokubokutei Kineo, Kashû: Harusame ni/ nureshi sugata zo/ utsukushiki/ hana no namima ni/ tatsu no miyahime

Poem by Shinryûtei Harukaze: Nodoka naru/ hinata yori nao/ harusame ni/ nurete ureshiki/ hana no kagemon


Nisei Yanagawa Shigenobu 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