Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as Narihira in The Fashionable Six Poetic Immortals (Fûryû Rokkasen)

風流六歌仙 「なり平」四代目中村歌右衛門

Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 1st month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865), Publisher Kawaoto (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 108; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #425; Keyes, PMA cat. (1973), #119 (no photo)


Vertical chûban; 25.5 x 18.7 cm (10 1/16 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



One sheet of an incomplete hexaptych.

MFA impressions: 08.541.6a-b (4 and 5 only), 11.35606a-f (complete hexaptych), 11.35607 (5 only), 11.41973a-b (1 and 2 only), 11.41998a-f (complete hexaptych)

Play: Rokkasen
Theater: Naka

The Ikeda bunko impression has no publisher’s mark for this print (other prints of the hexaptych have publisher’s marks). The MFA impression has the Kawaoto publisher’s mark.





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)

[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