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Poem by Ôe no Chisato: The Shirabyôshi Dancer Giô, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae Hyakunin isshu)

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No. 23 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.


Poem: Tsukimireba/ chijinimonokoso/ anashikere/ wagamihitotsuno/ kiniwaaranedo 月みれば ちぢに物こそ かなしけれ わが身ひとつの 秋にはあらねど 西八条に時めきし舞扇さへ 秋風の忽嵯峨野に捨てられて 錦の袖を墨に替 愛たく奏でし朗詠ハ 仏の御名とかへたるハ 実に殊勝なる心とやいハん  柳下亭種員筆記


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: 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 1845–48 (Kôka 2–Kaei 1)

Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig and Mostow, The Hundred Poets Compared (2007), #23; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.23


Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 25 cm (14 3/4 x 9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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