Woman Viewing Plum Blossoms and Writing Poetry
Artist Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)
Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #113
Shikishiban; 20.8 x 17 cm (8 3/16 x 6 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 237.
Poem by Jômitei Hinamochi: Haru-kaze ni/ sosonokasare shi/ uguisu mo/ ume ni mihorete/ niou masuhana
Poem by Tôjuen Sugagaki: Hikuki yori/ takaki ni utsuru/ uguisu wa/ garyô no ume ni/ tama fukumu koe
Poem by Yayoi-an: Kumo ni utsushi/ mizu ni utsusu ya/ ametsuchi no/ aida ni michite/ amaru ume ga ka
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