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Poem by Fujiwara no Mototoshi: Umegawa, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 75 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

Inscription

Poem: Chigiri okishi/ sasemo ga tsuyu o/ inochi nite/ aware kotoshi no/ aki mo inumeri 契りおきし させもが露を いのちにて あはれことしの 秋もいぬめり きのふハ廓のきぬぎぬを けふハ冥途の迎ひ駕籠 命短き冬の日や 冨田林の霜解て しめりかちなる四ツの袖 泪の雨の古郷の 二口村へや急ぎゆくらん  柳下亭種員筆記

Signed

Hiroshige ga 広重画

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig and Mostow, The Hundred Poets Compared (2007), #75; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.75

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.6 x 25 cm (14 13/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.17204

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints