Poem by Oshikôchi no Mitsune: Shiragikumaru, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

「小倉擬百人一首 凡河内躬恒 白菊丸」

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), #29; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.29

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.7 x 24.9 cm (14 13/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42975

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 29 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

Inscription

Poem: Kokoroateni/ orabayaoran/ hatsushimono/ okimadowaseru/ shiragikkunohana
こヽろあてに をらばやをらん 初霜の おきまどはせる しら菊の花

白菊丸ハ 遠江国 菊川駅にて落命ありし 中納言藤原宗行卿の公達なり 或曰 相州江の嶋児ヶ淵ハ 此君に依る古跡なりとぞ 然 是皆小説稗史に起る伝奇なり
 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