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Poem by Gon Chûnagon Sadayori: The Maidservant Chidori (Koshimoto Chidori), from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 64 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.28592, 11.42983


Poem: Asaborake/ujhi no kaha-giri/tahe-dahe ni/arahare-wataru/se-ze no ajiro-gi 朝ぼらけ 宇治の川霧 たへだへに あらはれわたる 瀬々の網代木 不知ながらも千鳥が推量とハ 侍女の出過者 兄貴ハ知れた闇愚殿とハ 悪言過た弟の嫉妬心 恋の不叶平治ケ胸ハ 彼問答の地名に有 花橘の小嶌が崎にはあらで 腹立ばなのこぢれがさきとやいハん  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), #64; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.64


Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 25 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