No. 5, Elegant Poems (Itsutsu ni tadagoto-uta), from the series Six Types of Waka Poetry as Described in the Preface of the Kokinshû (Kokin no jo waka rikugi)

「古今ノ序 和歌六儀 五つに た々こと哥」

Edo period
about 1772–76 (early An'ei era)
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)

Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Suzuki Harunobu (exh. cat., 2017), #144; another design in the series: Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 2, British Museum II (1988), pl. 85


Vertical chûban; 26.4 x 19.2 cm (10 3/8 x 7 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Out on Loan

On display at Abeno Harukas Art Museum, Osaka, Japan, April 24, 2018 – June 24, 2018


Asia, Prints and Drawings




Katsukawa Shunshô 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