Women's Gagaku Concert under Cherry Blossoms: Koto, 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 琴
about 1827 (Bunsei 10)
Artist Yashima Gakutei (Japanese, 1786?–1868)
Rijksmuseum, The Ear Catches the Eye (2001), #2; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #91; Rijksmuseum cat. III, Hokusai and His School (1982), #240a; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 53 (complete)
Shikishiban; 22 x 18.8 cm (8 11/16 x 7 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink, color, and metallic pigment on paper
Not On View
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 Kamenoya Osamaru: Haru no no wa/ hana no kumoi ni/ chôshibui/ tsutsumi tampopo/ tsukuzukushi koto
Poem by Hisakataya: Tamagoto no/ tsumetaku wa araji/ to ki no moto/ ni furikuru hana/ no yuki zo te ni suru
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