Parody of Narihira's Journey to the East
about 1768–69 (Meiwa 5–6)
Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #393; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #379, and supp. 2 (1982), pl. 491
Vertical chûban; 27.7 x 20 cm (10 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper, with sections cut out and backed with fabric (sensai)
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.19491, 21.4499, 21.4634
Meiji-era reproduction: 21.4635
This impression has been used for a traditional craft known as sensai (“textile cutout”) in which areas of color are cut out and backed with fabric.
Suzuki Harunobu 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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection