Poem by Saigyô Hôshi, from the series Three Evening Poems (Sanseki no uchi)

「三夕内」 西行法師

Japanese
Edo period
about 1765–69 (Meiwa 2–7)
Artist Komai Yoshinobu (Japanese, active about 1765–1770)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #674; Ukiyo-e shûka supp. 2 (1982), pl. 641

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 26 x 19.6 cm (10 1/4 x 7 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.19802

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

Poem by Saigyô: Kokoro naki/ mi ni mo aware wa/ shirarekeri/ shigi tatsu sawa no/ aki no yûgure

Signed

Yoshinobu ga (on hanging scroll in background)

美信画

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