Poem by Minamoto Toshiyori Ason: Narukami Shônin and Kumo no Taema, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

「小倉擬百人一首 源俊頼朝臣 鳴神上人 雲のたへま」

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig and Mostow, The Hundred Poets Compared (2007), #74; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.74

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35 x 24.8 cm (13 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.30442

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 74 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

Inscription

Poem: Ukarikeru/ hito o hatsuse no/ yama-oroshi/ hageshikare to wa/ inoranu mono o

うかりける 人をはつせの 山おろし はげしかれとは いのらぬものを

往古 大和国に法験するどき悪僧あり 帝王を恨奉りて 龍門の滝に壇を構へ 八千八竜を壺中に封 炎暑に烈き旱なりしを 妙間とよべる美女を召て 勅を下し給ふに 色をもていざなひけれバ 彼僧忽修法くじけ 天下甘雨にうるほひけるとぞ
 柳下亭種員筆記

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
No blockcutter's mark

改印:米良、村田
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