Actor Nakamura Shikan II as Ariwara Narihira, from a quick-change dance of Six Poetic Immortals (Rokkasen)

六歌仙の内 「在原業平 中村芝翫」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1834 (Tenpô 5), 1st month
Artist Shunbaisai Hokuei (Japanese, active about 1824–1837, died 1837), Publisher Shôhonya Seishichi (Honsei) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 101; Kitagawa et al 2006, #6; Keyes 1973, #164abc and pl. 47

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.1 x 24.8 cm (14 3/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.35182

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Rokkasen Sugata no Saishiki
Theater: Kado

Four prints from the set of six: 11.35182 to 11.35185

Signed

Shunbaisai Hokuei ga

春梅斎北英画

Markings

Artist's seal: Shunbai

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: September 29, 2004)

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