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Poem by Motoyoshi Shinnô: Yu Rang of Jin (Shin no Yojô), from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 20 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.28602, 11.36683


Poem: Wabinureba/ ima hata onaji/ Naniwa naru/ mi o tsukushite mo/ awanu to zo omou わびぬれば 今はたおなじ なにはなる 身をつくしても あハむとぞ思う 倶不戴天の主君の讐を討んと欲して 千辛万苦す 是なん晋の大忠臣と末代不朽の美名をのこせり  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), #20; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.20


Vertical ôban; 37.2 x 24.9 cm (14 5/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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