Right Team, Round Three: Tigerskin (Migi sanban, Tora no kawa), from the series Contest of Treasures (Takara awase)

「宝合 右三番 虎の皮」

Edo period
early 1830s
Artist Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #118


Shikishiban; 21 x 18 cm (8 1/4 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.20604 (full color), 11.25467 (key block, without poems)

Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 242.


Poem by Rairoen Tsunodaru of Chichibu: Momochidori/ ha o kawashitaru/ nui moyô/ haru no nasake no/ hana no iroginu

Poem by Rakuseian: Kadomatsu no/ tayû wa nanoka/ tachi-kôru/ atogi no kinu no/ nishiki hae ari

Poem by Shakuyakutei: Atai sae/ haru no haregi wa/ koto-kuni no/ ke-ori ni masaru/ tora ga uchikake


Aoigaoka Hokkei


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