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Poem by Izumi Shikibu, from the series Five Poetic Immortals of the Pear-blossom Courtyard (Nashitsubo gokasen)

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MFA impressions: 11.21934, 11.43040

Inscription

Poem: Mono omoeba/ sawa no hotaru mo/ waga mi yori/ akogare deru/ waga so to miru 「物思へは沢のほたるも我身よりあこかれ出るわかそと見る」

Signed

Kôchôrô Kunisada ga 香蝶楼国貞画

Marks

Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

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, 1830s

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.1 x 26.3 cm (15 x 10 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.21934

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints