No. 6, Grinding Ink (Roku, Surusumi), from the series Famous Horses (Meiba soroe)

「名馬揃 六 摺墨」

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #239


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. 362.
The titles and poems in this series play on the names of famous horses in Japanese history. Surusumi, spelled with different characters, was the name of a horse owned by Minamoto Yoritomo.


Poem by Shikôsha Mimihiko, Kashû (Kaga province): Tsuyokaranu/ fude no susabi o/ otomego no/ tehon ni utsusu/ kaze no aoyagi

Poem by Chôkintei Aoki: Hatsuyume ni/ mishi omokage ya/ kakizome ni/ hiraku ôgi wa/ Fuji no yamagata

Poem by Shakuyakutei: Murasaki no/ Akama suzuri ni/ fude somete/ egaki somuran/ sumire sawarabi


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