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Poem by Ono no Komachi, from the series One Hundred Poems Explained by the Nurse (Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki)

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No. 9 in the series (key block). No publisher's mark or censor's seal on this block; they were printed in color only. MFA impressions: 11.17529 (key block), 11.30177 (color), 21.6724 (color)


Poem: Hana no iro wa/ utsurinikeri na/ itazura ni/ waga mi yo ni furu/ nagame seshi ma ni 花の色は うつりにけりな いたつらに わか身よにふる なかめせしまに


Saki no Hokusai Manji 前北斎卍


No censor's seal No publisher's mark 改印: 極


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 1835–36 (Tenpô 6–7)

Catalogue Raisonné

Morse, Hokusai: The One Hundred Poets (1989), #9; Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 228, horizontal ôban #24.08


Horizontal ôban; 27.4 x 39.3 cm (10 13/16 x 15 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper