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Poem by Izumi Shikibu: Akushichibyôe Kagekiyo, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 56 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

Inscription

Poem: Arazaramu/ kono yo no hoka no/ omoide ni/ ima hitotabi no/ au koto mo gana あらざらむ この世のほかの おもひ出に 今ひとたびの 逢ふ事もがな 義ハ最重し 東大寺の礎 命ハ是軽し 猿沢の柳葉両雄並立つ 重忠 景清 嶋かくれ行父が身は宜なり 女に人丸を持てり  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), #56; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.56

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37 x 25 cm (14 9/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36680

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints