Takao, from the series A Set of Three Courtesans (Yûkun sanban tsuzuki)
about 1830 (Bunsei 13/Tenpô 1)
Artist Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)
Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #119; Mirviss, The Frank Lloyd Wright Collection of Surimono (1995), cat. no. 134
Shikishiban; 21 x 18 cm (8 1/4 x 7 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Poem translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 242.
Poem by Kyôkyôen Umekado: Misao aru/ matsu no kurai wa/ senkin no/ haru ni mo ikade/ iro o kau beki
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