Summer Robes (Natsugoromo), from the series An Incense Contest (Takimono awase)
about 1835 (Tenpô 6)
Artist Yanagawa Shigenobu II (Japanese, active about 1830–60)
Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #241
Shikishiban; 21.1 x 18.3 cm (8 5/16 x 7 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
From a series based on the names of types of incense, made for the Shakuyakutei circle.
Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 365.
Poem by Goshintei San'en: Yu-agari no/ chôjiguruma no/ tenugui ni/ ume ga ka soichi/ haru no yûkaze
Poem by Waseda Mitsumaru: Yu-ami shite/ ideru otome mo/ ume ga ka no/ kayou koromo wa/ furuwasarikeri
Poem by Rikkaen: Utsukushiki/ imo ga hadae no/ yukatabira/ hana ni kakareru/ kasumi narikeri
Nisei Yanagawa Shigenobu
Artist's seal: Yanagawa (?)
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