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Poem by Kentoku-kô: Yaoya Oshichi, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 45 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.26393, 11.39589


Poem: Awaretomo/ iubekihitowa/ omohohede/ minoitazurani/ narinubekikana あはれとも いふべき人は おもほへで 身のいたづらに なりぬべきかな 伊達に仕立し恋衣 模様に染る緋桜ハ 盛りの花をちらしたる五人娘の筆がしら 其席書の 松竹梅ハ 今も湯嶋の社頭にありとぞ  柳下亭種員筆記


Hiroshige ga 広重画


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), #45; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.45


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Medium or Technique

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