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Poem by Jitô Tennô: Shiratae and Saimyô-ji Tokiyori, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 2 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.22138, 11.25050, 11.39675


Poem: Haru sugite/ natsu kinekerashi/ shirotae no/ koromo hosuchô/ Ama no kagu yama 春すぎて 夏きにけらし 白妙の 衣ほすてふ あまのかぐ山 最明寺諸国を巡る折りから 佐野の浪宅に宿るに 饗応べき手だてもなきゆゑ 鉢木を切り炉に焚き 赤心をあらハす 依って後に 鎌倉に召呼ばれて 三ヶ庄を賜ひける


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), #2; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.2


Vertical ôban; 36.2 x 26.2 cm (14 1/4 x 10 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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