Poem by Ono no Komachi, from the series One Hundred Poems Explained by the Nurse (Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki)
MFA, Hokusai (2013), #106; Morse, Hokusai: The One Hundred Poets (1989), #9; Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 228, horizontal ôban #24.8
Horizontal ôban; 24.9 x 37.2 cm (9 13/16 x 14 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No. 9 in the series.
MFA impressions: 11.17529 (key block), 11.30177 (color), 21.6724 (color)
Poem: Hana no iro wa/ utsurinikeri na/ itazura ni/ waga mi yo ni furu/ nagame seshi ma ni
花の色は うつりにけりな いたつらに わか身よにふる なかめせしまに
Saki no Hokusai Manji
Censor's seal: kiwame
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection