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Poem by Shikishi Naishinnô: Hisamatsu and Osome, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 89 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.28598, 11.30443


Poem: Tama no o yo/ taenabe taene/ nagaraeba/ shinoburu koto no/ yowari mo zo suru 玉の緒よ たへなばたえね ながらえば しのぶることの よはりもぞする 身に困しめを見勢蔵ハ あけていハねど主の慈悲 土扉も重き親の恩とハ知りながら 凡悩の闇路にまよふ大晦日 窓にあやなき二人が顔ハ しのびかねたる泪ぞはかなき  柳下亭種員筆記


Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche 応需豊国画(年玉枠)


Censors' seals: Murata, Mera


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), #89; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.89


Vertical ôban; 35.3 x 24.8 cm (13 7/8 x 9 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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