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Poem by Ki no Tomonori: The Madwoman of Mii Temple (Mii-dera no kyôjo), from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 33 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

Inscription

Poem: Hisakatano/ hikarinodokeki/ harunohini/ shizukokoronaku/ hananochiruramu 久かたの ひかりのどけき 春の日に しづ心なく 花のちるらむ 駿河の郡領 某の愛子 人商人に奪れしを 母君驚き憂の余り 狂女となりてさまようひつつ 端なく我子に近江路や 三井のあたりに再会なせしを 謡曲に依りて爰に模したり  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), #33; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.33

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.1 x 25 cm (14 5/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.26392

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints