Poem by the Mother of Gidô Sanshi: Otowa and Inagaki Jirokichi, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

「小倉擬百人一首 儀同三司母 おとわ 稲垣次郎吉」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1845–48 (Kôka 2–Kaei 1)
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Fusajirô (Horikô Fusajirô, Hori Fusa) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig and Mostow, The Hundred Poets Compared (2007), #54; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.54

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 25 cm (14 11/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.30339

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 54 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

Inscription

Poem: Wasureji no/ iku sue made wa/ katakereba/ kyô o kagiri no/ inochi to mo gana
わすれじの 行くすゑまでは かたければ けふをかぎりの 命ともがな

義理と恩との二ツ櫛に 心の憂をも包ミたる夫ハさすが相撲ぐし 別れの櫛のはかなくも 黄金にかへて身を売る妻が貞実ハ 是玉くしげとやいハん
 柳下亭種員筆記

Signed

Hiroshige ga
広重画

Markings

Censor's seal: Hama
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Fusajirô
改印:浜
彫師:彫工房次郎

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