Poem by Sanjô Udaijin: Kaidômaru and Urabe Suetake, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae Hyakunin isshu)

「小倉擬百人一首 三条右大臣  怪童丸 卜部季末武」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1845–48 (Kôka 2–Kaei 1)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Haubner, Die Macht des Bogens (2014), pp. 164-5; Herwig and Mostow, The Hundred Poets Compared (2007), #25; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.25

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.1 x 24.9 cm (14 5/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36685

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 25 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

Inscription

Poem: Na ni shi owaba/ Ôsakayama no/ sanekazura/ hito ni shirarede/ kuru yoshi mo gana
名にしおはば あふさか山の さねかづら 人にしられで くるよしもがな

怪童丸ハ 豆州足柄なる山姥の産る所にして 源頼光卜部末武を以て これを抱へたまふ 后に坂田主馬助公時と号 和漢無双の勇士となれり
 柳下亭種員筆記

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seal: Kinugasa
No blockcutter's mark
改印:衣笠
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: 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