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Poem by Semimaru: Nuregami Chôgorô, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 10 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.28610, 11.42980

Inscription

Poem: Kore ya kono/ iku mo kaeru mo/ wakarete wa/ shiru mo shiranu mo/ ôsaka no seki これやこの 行くもかへるも わかれては しるもしらぬも 逢坂の関 浪速天満の社地の勧請相撲に 放駒の長吉と立入なし 両人とも力をあらしひしが つひに心とけ合う これより兄弟の約をなし 睦じくくらせしとかや  柳下亭種員筆記

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1845–48 (Kôka 2–Kaei 1)

Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig and Mostow, The Hundred Poets Compared (2007), #10; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.10

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 24.6 cm (14 3/4 x 9 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42980

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

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