Women's Gagaku Concert under Cherry Blossoms: Biwa, from the series Pentaptych for the Hisakataya Poetry Club (Hisakataya gobantsuzuki)

「久かた屋五ばんつゞき」 桜下美人雅楽 琵琶

Edo period
about 1827 (Bunsei 10)
Artist Yashima Gakutei (Japanese, 1786?–1868)

Catalogue Raisonné

Rijksmuseum, The Ear Catches the Eye (2001), #2; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #90; Rijksmuseum cat. III, Hokusai and His School (1982), #240b; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 53 (complete)


Shikishiban; 22 x 18.8 cm (8 11/16 x 7 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink, color, and metallic pigment on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.19867, 2009.4994.5

The complete pentaptych (order uncertain): 11.18964-8 (complete); 2009.4994.2-5 (four sheets only)

Poems translated in Polster & Marks 1980), pp. 49-49A.


Poem by Gachoan Michitane: Hana no moto/ no kangen ni tsurete/ tanzaku mo/ harukaze ni mau/ miyoshino no yama

Poem by Hisakataya: Môsen ni/ hana ni san rin/ harukaze no/ harau to otosu/ biwa no ikkyoku
花のもとの管弦につれて短さくも はる風にまふによしのゝ山

もせんに花に三りん春風の はらうとおとす琵琶の一曲


Gakutei hitsu


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)

[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