Poem by Yamabe no Akahito: Women with Snow in Bowls, from the series Ogura Imitations of the Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae Hyakunin isshu)

「小倉擬百人一首 山辺赤人」 雪

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig and Mostow, The Hundred Poets Compared (2007), #4; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.4

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 25.3 cm (14 11/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.28615

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 4 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

MFA impressions: 11.25051, 11.28615, *11.39671 (deaccessioned in 2012)

Inscription

Poem: Tago no ura ni/ uchiidete mireba/ shirotae no/ Fuji no takane ni/ yuki wa furitsutsu
田子のうらに うち出でてみれば 白妙の ふじのたかねに 雪はふりつつ

湯嶋の宮居に遠からで 紋瓦の梅鉢も由あり 駒込の富士にいと近くて 園に出せる暑中の雪も 又縁ありといふべきのミ
 柳下亭種員筆記

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seal: Muramatsu
No blockcutter's mark
改印:村松
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