Summer Robes (Natsugoromo), from the series An Incense Contest (Takimono awase)

「薫物合 夏衣」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1835 (Tenpô 6)
Artist Yanagawa Shigenobu II (Japanese, active about 1830–60)


Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #241

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 21.1 x 18.3 cm (8 5/16 x 7 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.20728

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

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.

Inscription

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

Signed

Nisei Yanagawa Shigenobu
二世柳川重信

Markings

Artist's seal: Yanagawa (?)

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[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