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Poem by Chûnagon Yukihira: Matsuômaru's Wife and Her Son Kotarô, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 16 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.


Poem: Tachiwakare/ inabanoyamano/ mineniofuru/ matsutokishikaba/ imakaerikomu 立ちわかれ いなばの山の みねにおふる まつときしかば 今かへりこむ 松王丸ハ左大臣時平が舎人なり 菅丞相の旧恩を思ひ 武部源蔵が家へ 我子小太郎を寺入させ 其身ハ検使の役を乞請 菅秀才の身替に立けるとぞ  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), #16; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.16


Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 24.9 cm (14 11/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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