mg0298-Hiroshige - Minamoto no Shigeyuki-japanese-woodblock-print

Hiroshige - Minamoto no Shigeyuki

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Number 48 in the series. Scene: the maiden Okiku breaks a precious plate, and is later murdered by her master Aoyama Tessan. Handsome design from a terrific series pairing a verse from the best-loved collection of Japanese poetry, "The One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each," with figures from Japanese history or theater. Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi, and Kunisada each designed prints for the series. Divided into two parts, the first group of prints features a poem next to the series title, while the second half includes a fan-shaped inset with a portrait of the featured poet. 

Poem by Minamoto Shigeyuki:

Like a driven wave,

Dashed by fierce winds on a rock,

So am I: alone

And crushed upon the shore,

Remembering what has been.

Size: ōban

Date: 1847

Publisher: Ibaya Sensaburō

Condition: Very good color, borders as shown, not backed.