Poem by Shikishi Naishinnô: Hisamatsu and Osome, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

「小倉擬百人一首 式子内新王 久松 おそめ」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1845–48 (Kôka 2–Kaei 1)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig and Mostow, The Hundred Poets Compared (2007), #89; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.89

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36 x 24.3 cm (14 3/16 x 9 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.28598

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 89 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

MFA impressions: 11.28598, *11.30443 (deaccessioned in 2012)

Inscription

Poem: Tama no o yo/ taenabe taene/ nagaraeba/ shinoburu koto no/ yowari mo zo suru
玉の緒よ たへなばたえね ながらえば しのぶることの よはりもぞする

身に困しめを見勢蔵ハ あけていハねど主の慈悲 土扉も重き親の恩とハ知りながら 凡悩の闇路にまよふ大晦日 窓にあやなき二人が顔ハ しのびかねたる泪ぞはかなき
 柳下亭種員筆記

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
応需豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
No blockcutter's mark
改印:米良、村田
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: 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