Poem by Fujiwara Michinobu Ason: Oyone and Taheiji, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

「小倉擬百人一首 藤原道信朝臣 およね 太平次」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1845–48 (Kôka 2–Kaei 1)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Fusajirô (Horikô Fusajirô, Hori Fusa) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig and Mostow, The Hundred Poets Compared (2007), #52; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.52

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.2 x 25 cm (14 5/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.28599

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 52 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

MFA impressions: 11.28599, 11.30437

Inscription

Poem: Akenureba/ kururumonotowa/ shirinagara/ naourameshiki/ asaburakekana
明けぬれば くるる物とは しりながら なほうらめしき 朝ぼらけかな

太平治が毒悪ハ 藪蚊の嘴よりも尖く 孫七が無敢命ハ 夏の夜よりも短し 欲に暗ミし 皐月闇 一寸先ハ見えざるべし
 柳下亭種員筆記

Signed

Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga
香蝶楼豊国画

Markings

Censor's seal: Murata
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Fusajirô
改印:村田
彫師:彫工房次郎

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