Akasaka: The Story of Miyajiyama (Miyajiyama no koji), from the series Fifty-three Pairings for the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui)

「東海道五十三対 赤坂 宮路山の故事」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1845–46 (Kôka 2–3)
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #T78-37; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S44.38; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 251, ôban #43.14

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 24.5 cm (14 1/8 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.45385.37

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Station 37, from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

MFA impressions: 11.30317, 11.45385.37

Inscription

宮路山の故事
 昔大政大臣師長尾張の国にさすらへ 配所のつれづれこの宮路山に分入 木々の紅葉を眺めつつ辺の岩に腰を掛琵琶を弾じ居給ひしに いづくとも美女来調につれて唱歌なす 師長是を見かへり給へば即ち鬼神の姿と之 我はこの山の水神なり 御身が秘曲の勝れしまま茲(ここ)に形を顕す之 とその侭消失にける之

Signed

Hiroshige ga
広重画

Markings

Censor's seal: Mura
No blockcutter's mark
Artist's seal: Hiro
改印:村
彫師:なし

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