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Poem by Motoyoshi Shinnô, from the series One Hundred Poems Explained by the Nurse (Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki)

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No. 20 in the series. MFA impressions: 11.35542, 21.6731, 34.306


Poem: Wabinureba/ ima hata onaji/ Naniwa naru/ mi o tsukushite mo/ awanu to zo omou 詫ぬれハ 今はたおなし 難波なる 身をつくしても あはんとそ思う


Saki no Hokusai Manji 前北斎卍


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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 1835–36 (Tenpô 6–7)

Catalogue Raisonné

Morse, Hokusai: The One Hundred Poets (1989), #20; Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 228, horizontal ôban #24.14


Horizontal ôban; 24.9 x 37 cm (9 13/16 x 14 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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