Shamisen, No. 1 (Sono ichi) from the series The Three Musical Instruments (Sankyoku)
「三曲 其一」 三味線
Artist Yashima Gakutei (Japanese, 1786?–1868)
Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #41; Rijksmuseum, The Ear Catches the Eye (2001), #1 (triptych); Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan 11, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, II (1989), pl. 115 (triptych); Rijksmuseum cat. III, Hokusai and His School (1982), #244
Shikishiban; 21.3 x 18.9 cm (8 3/8 x 7 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink, color, and metallic pigment on paper
Not On View
Right sheet of incomplete triptych; 11.20488 is left sheet.
MFA impressions: 00.1932, 11.20483
Poems translated in Carpenter et a1 2008, p. 165.
Poem by Saieitei Mochimaru: Hosozao no/ tsurube ni kumeru/ wakamizu no/ mizu-jôshi ni mo/ awasu uguisu
Poem by Sekigentei Namio: Sangen no/ ito mo ichi Fuji/ ni agari ya/ takane ni utau/ haru no hikizome
Gakutei Sadaoka hitsu
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