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Poem by Kôkamon'in no Bettô: Ashigaru Ichiemon, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 88 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.


Poem: Naniwa e no/ ashi no karine no/ hitoyo yue/ mi o tsukushite ya/ koiwatarubeki なにはえの あしのかりねの ひと夜ゆえ 身をつくしてや こひわたるべき 忠義ハ堅き鉄脛に 一時七里蜂の争乱 夫トさしたる主家の凶瑞廻らバ 長浜北国道急ぐ心は 鎌倉へ翼も欲き鳥居本宿


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), #88; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.88


Vertical ôban; 36 x 24.7 cm (14 3/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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