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Poem by Fujiwara Michinobu Ason: Oyone and Taheiji, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 52 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.28599, 11.30437


Poem: Akenureba/ kururu mono to wa/ shirinagara/ nao urameshiki/ asaburake ka na 明けぬれば くるる物とは しりながら なほうらめしき 朝ぼらけかな 太平治が毒悪ハ 藪蚊の嘴よりも尖く 孫七が無敢命ハ 夏の夜よりも短し 欲に暗ミし 皐月闇 一寸先ハ見えざるべし  柳下亭種員筆記


Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga 香蝶楼豊国画


Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Fusajirô


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), #52; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.52


Vertical ôban; 36 x 24 cm (14 3/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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