Woman Standing on a Bridge by Shinobazu Pond
about 1833 (Tenpô 4)
Artist Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)
Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #153
Shikishiban; 21.1 x 17.9 cm (8 5/16 x 7 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
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.
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
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