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Poem by Kisen Hôshi: Actor Iwai Kumesaburô III as Chidori, from the series Matches for the Six Poetic Immortals (Mitate Rokkasen)

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Publisher: Yamazakiya Seishichi or Shimizuya Naojirô? The complete series: 11.42579-84


Poem (Kokinshû 983, Hyakunin isshu 8): Waga io wa/ miyako no tatsumi/ shika zo sumu/ yo o ujiyama to/ hito wa iu nari


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche; Kunihisa ga 豊国画(年玉枠)、国久画


Censor's seal: Horse 6 No blockcutter's mark


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, 1858 (Ansei 5), 6th month


Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 24.8 cm (14 3/8 x 9 3/4 in.)

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