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Poem by Ise: Masaemon's Wife Otani, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 19 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.


Poem: Naniwagata/ mijikakiashino/ fushinomamo/ awadekonoyowo/ sugushiteyotoya 難波がた みじかきあしの ふしのまも あはでこのよを すぐしてよとや あハれや身さへわが子さへ 深雪にいたく郡山古郷を出て 旅路にさまよふ苦節を守りしかひありて 無端夫にめぐりあひ 曽本望の吉事さへきけり  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), #19; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.19


Vertical ôban; 36.2 x 24.5 cm (14 1/4 x 9 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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