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Poem by Ônakatomi no Yoshinobu Ason: Kamiya Niemon, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 49 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.


Poem: Mikakimori/ eishinotakuhino/ yohamoete/ hiruwakietsutsu/ monowokosoomoe みかきもり 衛士のたく火の 夜はもえて ひるはきえつつ 物をこそおもへ 昔相州四ツ家の辺に 神谷某といへる浪士の妻 夫の為に非命に世を去 一念種々の祟りをなせしが 一社の神に祝ひ祭りて 其霊魂の鎮まりし事ハ 普人の知所なり


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画


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) NOTES: [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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1845–48 (Kôka 2–Kaei 1)

Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig and Mostow, The Hundred Poets Compared (2007), #49; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.49


Vertical ôban; 37.2 x 25.1 cm (14 5/8 x 9 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper