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Poem by Mibu no Tadami: Hasebe Nobutsura, from the series Ogura Imitations of the Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae Hyakunin isshu)

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No. 41 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.


Poem: Koi sutefu/ waga na wa madaki/ tachinikeri/ hito shirezu koso/ omoisomeshi ga 恋すてふ わが名はまだき たちにけり 人しれずこそ 思ひそめしか 高倉宮 平家の討手をさけん為 南都の方へ落給ふに 日頃秘蔵の蝉折と呼名笛を 御所の内に残し給ひぬ 北面の侍長谷部信連承ハつて立戻れバ 早くも平軍込入たり 信連是を人つぶてに打て 難なく笛を携へつヽ 御後慕ひ奉りしハ実にも勇々敷はたらきなり  柳下亭種員筆記


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), #41; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.41


Vertical ôban; 36.7 x 24.8 cm (14 7/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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