Poem by Ukon: Shunkan, from the series Ogura Imitations of the Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae Hyakunin isshu)

「小倉擬百人一首 右近 俊寛」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1845–48 (Kôka 2–Kaei 1)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Fusajirô (Horikô Fusajirô, Hori Fusa) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig and Mostow, The Hundred Poets Compared (2007), #38; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.38

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 24.9 cm (14 3/4 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36687

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 38 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

Inscription

Poem: Wasuraruru/ mi o ba omowazu/ chikaiteshi/ hito no inochi no/ oshiku mo aru ka na
わすらるる 身をばおもはず ちかひてし 人のいのちの 惜しくもあるかな

花洛法勝寺の修行なり 平家の一族を亡ぼさんとなして 事顕れ 判官康頼少将成経共に 鬼界が嶋に流さる 其後康頼成経ハ大赦にあふて帰る 僧都ハ打捨られ 悲嘆いふべくもあらざりけり
 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: Horikô Fusajirô
改印:衣笠
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: 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