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Poem by Sei Shônagon: Hangandai Terukuni and Kanshôjô (Sugawara Michizane), from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 62 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.28597, 11.30439


Poem: Yo o komete/ tori no sorane wa/ hakaru tomo/ yo ni afusaka no/ seki wa yurusaji 夜をこめて とりのそらねは はかるとも 世に逢坂の関はゆるさじ 啼ばこそ別をいそけ鶏の音の 其車尾に引きかへて 見るもいぶせき迎ひの輿 憂を見返る丞相の 袖に泪のかヽり船 日の照国も無を侘らん  柳下亭種員筆記


Ôju Toyokuni ga 応需豊国画


Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Fusajirô


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), #62; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.62


Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 25 cm (14 11/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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