Okazaki: Yahagi Station (Yahagi no shuku), Jôruri-hime, from the series Fifty-three Pairings for the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui)

「東海道五十三対 岡崎 矢矧の宿 浄瑠璃姫」

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #T78-39; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S44.40; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 251, ôban #43.15

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.4 x 25.4 cm (14 11/16 x 10 in.)

Accession Number

11.30318

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Station 39, from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

MFA impressions: 11.30318, 11.39969, 11.45385.39

Inscription

矢矧(やはぎ)の宿
 古の駅宿なり 昔牛若丸奥州下向の折から爰(ここ)に逗留ある 矢矧の長者が娘浄瑠璃姫に深思れ比翼の契浅からざりしが望有身と旅路に赴く 姫は別れを惜つつ遂に館を忍び出あとをしたひてたどりしが道にてはからずむなしく成りける この姫いまた世にある時十二段の物語に音節付て諷(しらべ)ける是浄瑠璃の初なり 今西矢矧村に其塚有

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: August 3, 1911)

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