Poem by Ariwara Narihira Ason, from an untitled series of Thirty-six Poetic Immortals (Sanjûrokkasen)

三十六歌仙 「在原業平朝臣」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1767–68 (Meiwa 4–5)
Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #200; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #296.6, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 257

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 27.4 x 19.7 cm (10 13/16 x 7 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.19473

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 7 in the series.

Inscription

Poem by Narihira: Yo no naka ni/ taete sakura no/ nakariseba/ haru no kokoro wa/ nodokekaramashi

Signed

Harunobu ga

春信画

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: 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