Puppeteer Holding Puppet on Go Board
Meiji-era copy of Edo-period design
1890s copy of 1820s design
After Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)
Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 2, List of surimono copies in square format, #102; the original: Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #281; Bowie et al, Art of the Surimono (1979), #107
Shikishiban; 21.2 x 18.3 cm (8 3/8 x 7 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Group B copy.
MFA impressions, both reproductions: 11.25211, RES.53.136
Hokusai aratame Katsushika Iitsu hitsu
Blockcutter's mark: Edo Shiba Mankichi
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