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Poem by Ekô Hôshi: Heishôkoku Kiyomori, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 47 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.22136, 11.28593


Poem: Yae mugura/ shigereru yado no/ sabishiki ni/ hito koso miene/ aki wa kinikeri 八重葎 しげれるやどの さびしきに 人こそみえね 秋はきにけり 平相国清盛公 多くの美女を愛する中に 洛陽にきこえたる白拍子祗王といへるハ ことに寵も深かりしが 加賀国より参登りし仏御前の為に色あせけれバ 世を憂きものと思ひ捨 障子に一首の歌を書置 忽ち隠遁したりけり 仏縁ふかき女性とや申さん  柳下亭種員筆記


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), #47; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.47


Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 25 cm (14 11/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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