Poem by Motoyoshi Shinnô: Yu Rang of Jin (Shin no Yojô), from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

「小倉擬百人一首 元良新王 晋の豫譲」

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), #20; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.20

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.2 x 24.9 cm (14 5/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36683

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 20 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

MFA impressions: 11.28602, 11.36683

Inscription

Poem: Wabinureba/ ima hata onaji/ Naniwa naru/ mi o tsukushite mo/ awanu to zo omou
わびぬれば 今はたおなじ なにはなる 身をつくしても あハむとぞ思う

倶不戴天の主君の讐を討んと欲して 千辛万苦す 是なん晋の大忠臣と末代不朽の美名をのこせり
 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