Ariwara Narihira, from the series Six Poetic Immortals in Floating World Disguises (Ukiyo yatsushi Rokkasen)

「浮世略六歌仙」 有原業平

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Katsukawa Shunchô (Japanese, active about 1780–1801)


Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 22.8 x 16 cm (9 x 6 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.20151

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

Poem, by Ariwara Narihira: Tsuki ya aran/ Haru mo mukashi o/ Haru naran/ Waga mi hitotsu wa/ Moto no mi ni shite

Signed

Shunchô ga

春潮画

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: August 3, 1911)

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