Woman Standing on a Bridge by Shinobazu Pond

不忍ヶ池の前に橋に立つ美人

Japanese
Edo period
about 1833 (Tenpô 4)
Artist Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)


Catalogue Raisonné

Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #153

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 21.1 x 17.9 cm (8 5/16 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.19829

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Poems translated in Keyes 1985, vol. 1, p. 183. Keyes suggests the date of 1833, a Year of the Snake, because the shrine on the island in Shinobazu Pond is dedicated to the goddeess Benzaiten, who is associated with smakes.

Inscription

Poem by Tôjuen Kiyogaki: Sasoikite/ kaoreru kaze mo/ atatakashi/ yama futokoro ni/ komeshi ume ga ka

Poem by Yayoian: Utsukushi to/ mireba keshiki mo/ soroikeri/ haru o mukai ga/ oka no hanadori

Signed

Hokkei
北渓

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