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Poem by Ariwara no Narihira Ason: (Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as) Seigen, from the series Comparisons for Thirty-six Selected Poems (Mitate sanjûrokkasen no uchi)

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MFA impressions: 11.36779.43, 11.42663


Poem: Yo no naka ni/ taete sakura no/ nakariseba/ haru no kokoro wa/ nodokekaramashi


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche 豊国画(年玉枠)


Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Fukushima, Rat 10 Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take


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, 1852 (Kaei 5), 10th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Mueller et al., Competition and Collaboration (2007), #136; Osaka Castle Museum, Mitate no sekai (exh. cat., 2004), #8; Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #91; Addiss, Japanese Ghosts and Demons (1985, 2005), p. 67


Vertical ôban; 35.9 x 24.3 cm (14 1/8 x 9 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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