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Title:

Ônakatomi no Yoshinobu ason

Maker:

Kuniyoshi, Utagawa; designer; Japanese printmaker, 1798-1861

Category:

print

Name:

print

Date:

circa 1840 circa 1842

School/Style(s):

Japanese; Ukiyo-e

Period:

19th century

Description:

Colour print from woodblocks. Ôban. Signed: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga. Publisher’s seal: Ebine [Ebisuya Shôshichi]. c.1840-2.

Technique(s):

woodcut
colour printing

Acquisition:

given; 1913; Riches, Thomas Henry

Notes:

No. 49 in the series Hyakunin isshu no uchi (One hundred poets: one poem each). This print series, published by Ebisuya Shôshichi c.1840-2, illustrates poems from the well-known anthology Hyakunin isshu (One hundred poets), which was compiled in 1235 by the celebrated poet Fujiwara Teika (1162-1241). The anthology was very popular, even being adapted for a card game, and it had been the subject of many prints, including a landscape series designed by Hokusai in the mid 1830s. Most of the prints in Kuniyoshi’s series include a landscape element alluding to the subject of the poem, which is inscribed in the cartouche at top right. Ônakatomi no Yoshinobu Ason (922-91) held a hereditary position as second-highest official in the Imperial Bureau of Deities. The print shows three palace guards seated round a fire. The poem reads: ‘Like the guards’ fire at the Imperial gateway kept burning through the night, blowing cold during the day - so my love glows.’

Accession:

Object Number: P.3647-R
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 182551; input: 2011-03-29; modified: 2012-05-17)

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Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/182551