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Poem by Minamoto Shigeyuki: The Maidservant Okiku (Koshimoto Okiku), from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 48 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.22133, 11.39588


Poem: Kaze o itami/ iwa utsu nami no/ onore nomi/ kudakete mono o/ omou koro ka na 風をいたみ 岩うつなみの おのれのみ くだけてものを おもふころかな 播州の郡司皿山鉄山 一時の怒りに侍女をして 苔井の内に切沈めぬ さらぬだに女ハ五障三従の罪深しとハ 菊皿の数よむ魂や糸底の 最怪げなる譚なり  柳下亭種員筆記


Hiroshige ga 広重画


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 1845–48 (Kôka 2–Kaei 1)

Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig and Mostow, The Hundred Poets Compared (2007), #48; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.48


Vertical ôban; 37.8 x 25 cm (14 7/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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