Fashionble Six Female Poetic Immortals, from Kyoto (Kyô kudari, Fûryû onna rokkasen)
1853 (Kaei 6), 5th month
Artist Unidentified, Japanese
31.7 x 41.6 cm (12 1/2 x 16 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper
Not On View
An exhibition of life-sized dolls that was shown at Ryôgoku from the 5th month of 1853 showed present-day women representing classical poems by six female poets. The MFA has three designs by two artists, apparently from the same series: 11.37347 by Yoshifuji, and 11.37131 (duplicate 11.37974) and 11.38122 by Kuniyoshi, and a flier for the exhibition, 11.45606.
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection