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Poem by Yôzei-in: Oniwakamaru, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

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No. 13 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.25052, 11.39676


Poem: Tsukubane no/ mine yori otsuru/ minanokawa/ koi zo tsumorite/ fuchi to narinuru つくばねの みねよりおつる みなの川 恋ぞつもりて 渕となりぬる 熊野別当辨真か子にて 播州書写山に登せ経学せしに 武勇を好ミ 山谷に遊 ここに古池に年久しく住む鯉ありて 害をなすゆゑ ある時 此鯉を退治し 勇力を顕しける


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

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû (2010), #133; Herwig and Mostow, The Hundred Poets Compared (2007), #13; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.13


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

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Medium or Technique

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