Actors Nakayama Nanshi II as Ono no Komachi (R) and Nakamura Utaemon IV as Narihira (L), in The Fashionable Six Poetic Immortals (Fûryû Rokkasen)

風流六歌仙 「小町」二代目中山南枝  「なり平」四代目中村歌右衛門

Japanese
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 (as 11.35606a-f; this # not listed); Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #425; Keyes, PMA cat. (1973), #119 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical chûban diptych; 24.9 x 26.7 cm (9 13/16 x 10 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

08.541.6a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Two sheets 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
六歌仙
 中

Signed

Hirosada (on each sheet)
広貞

Provenance

By date unknown, Alfred Greenough Collection, Boston, MA; 1884, by inheritance to his uncle, Charles H. Parker, Milton, MA; 1908, bequest of Charles H. Parker to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 17, 2007)

Credit Line

Alfred Greenough Collection