Pangu (Banko shi), from the series A Set of Ten Famous Numerals for the Katsushika Circle (Katsushikaren meisû jûban)]

葛飾連名数十番 「盤古氏」

Edo period
about 1821 (Bunsei 4)
Artist Yashima Gakutei (Japanese, 1786?–1868)

Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #146; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #65 (with series title); Rijksmuseum cat. III, Hokusai and His School (1982), #229 (no series title)


Shikishiban; 21.5 x 19 cm (8 7/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Poems by Bunjutei Kagezumi of Matsumaru in Kazusa Province and Bunbunsha.

The series title appears on other impressions of the print (e.g. Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #145).
こんとんとして日のかけも生まれけん はんこにひらく初とりの声  上総松丸 文寿亭影住
 世の中の花よりさきにひらけしを ひとりほゝゑむはるのあけぼの  文々舎


Poem by Bunkutei Kagezumi of Matsumaru in Kazusa Province: Konton to/ shite hi no kage mo/ umareken/ hanko ni hibiku/ hatsutori no koe

Poem by Bunbunsha: Yo no naka no/ hana yori saki ni/ hirakeishi o/ hitori hohoemu/ haru no akebono
こんとおんとして ひのかけも 生れけん はんこに ひゝく 初とり の 声

世の中の 花より さきに ひらけしを ひとり ほゝ ゑむ はるのあけ ほの




Artist's seal: Sadaoka


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