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Poem by Sosei Hôshi: Shinobu Sôta and Umewakamaru, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 21 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.28601, 11.30336


Poem: Ima komu to/ iishi bakari ni/ nagatsuki no/ ariake no tsuki o/ machiizuru ka na 今こむと いひしばかりに 長月の あり明の月を まち出づるかな 生れハ都北白川 比叡の御山に入学ありしを 東の果まで匂奪せられ 無慙や悪漢信夫の宗太が打る榜苔の 得たへずして 角田河原の堤の露と 其身ハきへて 今も猶 印の柳ハ繁茂せり  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), #21; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.21


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Medium or Technique

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