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Poem by Kawara Sadaijin: The Madwoman with the Letter (Fumihiroge kyôjo), from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 14 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.


Poem: Michinokuno/ shinobumojisuri/ tareyueni/ midaresomenishi/ warenaranakuni みちのくの しのぶもじ摺 たれゆえに みだれそめにし われならなくに  野のお通に遣へし千代といへる女也 文の通にもうとからす 情あるものなり のち夫にわかれてより 心ミだれ 一巻の文を箱に入れ 首にかけて 山の木かげ 又月の夜ハ五条の橋の辺なとに 彼文を高らかによミなどし 獨言いひて狂ひあるきけり


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), #14; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.14


Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 24.7 cm (14 3/8 x 9 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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