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Poem by Fujiwara Yoshitaka: Guan Yu (Kan'u), from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 50 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.


Poem: Kimi ga tame/ oshikarazarishi/ inochi sae/ nagaku mo gana to/ omoikeru ka na 君がため おしからざりし いのちさえ ながくもがなと 思ひけるかな 字ハ雲長 其髭の長く麗きを称して 美髯公といふ 蜀主玄徳起立の始 張飛と共に三人 桃園に義を結んでより 其功最算へがたし 死して数度霊ありし故 関帝廟と号 今猶漢土に是を尊ぶ事甚し  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), #50; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.50


Vertical ôban; 36.7 x 25 cm (14 7/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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