Poem by Chûnagon Yukihira: Matsuômaru's Wife and Her Son Kotarô, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

「小倉擬百人一首 中納言行平 松王丸妻 小太郎」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1845–48 (Kôka 2–Kaei 1)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig and Mostow, The Hundred Poets Compared (2007), #16; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.16

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 24.9 cm (14 11/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42978

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 16 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

Inscription

Poem: Tachiwakare/ inaba no yama no/ mine ni ofuru/ matsu to shi kikaba/ ima kaerikomu
立ちわかれ いなばの山の みねにおふる まつとしきかば 今かへりこむ

松王丸ハ左大臣時平が舎人なり 菅丞相の旧恩を思ひ 武部源蔵が家へ 我子小太郎を寺入させ 其身ハ検使の役を乞請 菅秀才の身替に立けるとぞ
 柳下亭種員筆記

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seal: Kinugasa
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
改印:衣笠
彫師:彫竹

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