Women's Gagaku Concert under Cherry Blossoms: Tsuri-daiko, 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 釣太鼓

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, #92; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 53 (complete)


Shikishiban; 22 x 18.9 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: 11.19864, 2009.4994.2

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 Ikkokutei Chikane: Hanamizake/ no yoi uchimasu/ ikkyoku no/ taiko no bachi wa/ sakurabô mite

Poem by Hisakataya: Chô futatsu/ neburi samashite/ hitokanade/ hana no kangen ni/ asobu haru no hi
花見酒の酔うちさます一曲の たいこの撥はさくら坊見て

蝶ふたつ眠ふりさまして一かなて はなの管弦にあそふはるの日


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