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Poem by Minamoto no Nobuakira, from an untitled series of Thirty-six Poetic Immortals (Sanjûrokkasen)

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No. 24 in the series.


Poem: Koishisa wa/ onaji kokoro ni/ arazu to mo/ koyoi no tsuki o/ kimi mizarame ya こひしさは おなし心に あらすとも 今宵の月を 君みざらめや


Harunobu ga 春信画


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 1767–68 (Meiwa 4–5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse cat. #208; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #296.21, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 117


Vertical chûban; 29 x 22 cm (11 7/16 x 8 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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