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Poem by Kakinomoto no Hitomaro: Kaga no Chiyo, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 3 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

Inscription

Poem: Ashibiki no/ yamadori no o no/ shidari o no/ naganagashi yo o/ hitori ka mo nemu あし引きの 山どりの尾の しだりをの ながながし夜を ひとりかも寝む 加州松任の人にて 其性秀才風雅にして 俳道の名人なり 生涯に名句多かる中にも 夫にわかれし時に  起きてみつ寝てミつ蚊屋のひろさ哉

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

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), #3; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.3

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.9 x 25 cm (14 1/2 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.22139

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints