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Bamboo Poetry Sheet

A work made of color woodblock print; surimono.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of color woodblock print; surimono.


fall 1860


Shibata Zeshin
Japanese, 1807-1891

About this artwork

This print is an example of the many large-scale surimono that Shibata Zeshin created during the Meiji period (1868–1912). These differ from the smaller surimono in this exhibition in several ways. Smaller surimono usually displayed poetry made by a small group of poets that lived in the same location and belonged to the same group. They also carried a strong seasonal component and were typically created for a specific time of year, such as the New Year, or a significant date for the group, such as a retirement, birthday, or important visitor from afar.

The larger prints retained this seasonal component but took on stronger commemorative roles by including bigger groups of people, sometimes unrelated to the poetry club. In this print, the host is Tchikubai, possibly a poetry teacher with a sizable group of students.


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Arts of Asia


Shibata Zeshin


Bamboo Poetry Sheet


Japan (Artist's nationality)




Color woodblock print; surimono


57 × 43 cm (22 1/2 × 16 15/16 in.)

Credit Line

Charles H. Mitchell Collection unrestricted gift

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