Pasted Straw Craftwork (Mugiwara hari saiku)


Edo period
1820 (Bunsei 3), 2nd month
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)

Catalogue Raisonné; Sumida Hokusai Mus., Hokusai the Performer (2017), #37; TNM, Hokusai (2005), #252 (complete)


Horizontal ô-ôban; 35.3 x 48 cm (13 7/8 x 18 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Right sheet of an incomplete diptych. The date, signature, mark of publisher Tsutaya Kichiemon, and censor’s seal “kiwame” all appear on the missing left sheet. The straw-work decorations were displayed at the Kinryûzan temple in Asakusa in the second month of 1820 (Bunsei 3).

The same subject is shown in a nishiki-e tetraptych of which the MFA has only the left sheet, 21.10244.


(Hokusai Taito aratame Katsushika Iitsu, on left sheet)


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)

[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