Kisen Hôshi, from an untitled series of Six Poetic Immortals (Rokkasen) formed by the characters for their names

文字絵六歌仙 「喜撰法師」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1810 (Bunka 7)
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Hokusai (2013), #26; Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #159; Calza, Hokusai (2003), III.71.2; Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 230, vertical ôban #17.3

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.2 x 26 cm (15 1/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.17543

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.17543, 49.1754

Inscription

Poem (Kokinshû 983, Hyakunin isshu 8): Waga io wa/ miyako no tatsumi/ shika zo sumu/ yo o ujiyama to/ hito wa iu nari
我庵は みやこのたつみ しかそすむ よをうちやまと 人はいふなり 図南書

Signed

Katsushika Hokusai ga; Tonan sho
かつしか北斎画、図南書

Markings

No censor's seal
No publisher's mark
改印:なし
版元:なし

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