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Poem by Koshikibu no Naishi: Hatsu-jo, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 60 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. Another print based on this design, possibly a pirate edition: 00.1224 .

Inscription

Poem: Ôeyama/ ikuno no michi no/ tôkereba/ mada fumi mo mizu/ Amanohashidate 大江山 いく野のみちの 遠ければ まだふみもみず 天のはし立 しばなく鴉ハ 尾上が知死期とハしらずして持出し 御宿使ひの革文箱・紐さへながき書置に 恨の草履を見て驚き 当坐に敵岩藤を討しハ 遖男々敷烈女なり  柳下亭種員筆記

Signed

Hiroshige ga 広重画

Marks

Censor's seal: Hama Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Fusajirô

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), #60; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.60

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.2 x 25 cm (14 2/3 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.30334

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

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