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Kanbara Station: The Old Story of the Six Pine Trees (Kanbara no eki, roppon matsu no koji), from the series Fifty-three Pairings for the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui)

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Station 16, from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.25045, 11.42967, 11.45385.16

Inscription

六本松の故事  むかし矢矧の浄瑠璃姫 判官殿を恋い慕ふてここまで到り 疲れて終に死す 里人憐みて葬り 塚の即に松を六本植置たり 後 小野お通といへる風流の妓女 此姫の生涯の事を書つらね十二段とし薩摩といへる傀儡師に教て節を付 語せける 是浄るりの中祖也

Signed

Chôôrô Kuniyoshi ga 朝櫻楼国芳画

Marks

Artist's seal: paulownia (kiri) Censor's seal: Mura

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) 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 1845–46 (Kôka 2–3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S44.16

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 24.5 cm (14 1/8 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.45385.16

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints