Poem by Ise: Masaemon's Wife Otani, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

「小倉擬百人一首 伊勢 正右エ門妻お谷」

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig and Mostow, The Hundred Poets Compared (2007), #19; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.19

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.2 x 24.5 cm (14 1/4 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.21874

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 19 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

Inscription

Poem: Naniwagata/ mijikaki ashi no/ fushi no ma mo/ awade kono yo o/ sugushite yo to ya

難波がた みじかきあしの ふしのまも あはでこのよを すぐしてよとや

あハれや身さへわが子さへ 深雪にいたく郡山古郷を出て 旅路にさまよふ苦節を守りしかひありて 無端夫にめぐりあひ 曽本望の吉事さへきけり
 柳下亭種員筆記

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga

一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seal: Kinugasa
No blockcutter's mark

改印:衣笠
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