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Poem by Ariwara Narihira Ason: Lu Zhishen, the Tattooed Priest (Kaoshô Rochishin), from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 17 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.28604, 11.36682

Inscription

Poem: Chihayaburu/ kamiyo mo kikazu/ tatsutagawa/ karakurenai ni/ mizuku kuru to wa 千早振 神代もきかず たつ田川 からくれないに 水くくるとは 在俗の名ハ魯達といひ 桑門なして魯智深と号す 酔狂の余り 己が住する五台山の金剛神を打砕き 一山をおほいにさわがせける  柳下亭種員筆記

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

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 1845–48 (Kôka 2–Kaei 1)

Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig and Mostow, The Hundred Poets Compared (2007), #17; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.17

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36 x 23.8 cm (14 3/16 x 9 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.36682

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints