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Okazaki: Yahagi Station (Yahagi no shuku), Jôruri-hime, from the series Fifty-three Pairings for the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui)

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Station 39, from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.30318, 11.39969, 11.45385.39


矢矧(やはぎ)の宿  古の駅宿なり 昔牛若丸奥州下向の折から爰(ここ)に逗留ある 矢矧の長者が娘浄瑠璃姫に深思れ比翼の契浅からざりしが望有身と旅路に赴く 姫は別れを惜つつ遂に館を忍び出あとをしたひてたどりしが道にてはからずむなしく成りける この姫いまた世にある時十二段の物語に音節付て諷(しらべ)ける是浄瑠璃の初なり 今西矢矧村に其塚有


Hiroshige ga 広重画


Artist's seal: Hiro Censor's seal: Mura


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1845–46 (Kôka 2–3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S44.40; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 251, ôban #43.15


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

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Medium or Technique

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