Minazuru-hime as Ono no Komachi and Benkei as Kisen Hôshi, from the series Characters from the Life of Ushiwaka [Yoshitsune] as the Six Poetic Immortals (Ushiwaka Rokkasen)
1829 (Bunsei 12)
Artist Keisai Eisen (Japanese, 1790–1848)
Carpenter et al., Reading Surimono (2008), #10; Keyes, Surimono (Spencer Museum cat., 1984), cat. no. 24; another print in the series: Kôbe Mus., Western Blue/Seiyô no ai (2007), #108; Marks, Japanese Woodblock Prints (2010), p. 131
Shikishiban; 20.9 x 17.9 cm (8 1/4 x 7 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 136.
Poem by Shûseitei Tsutaki: Benkei mo/ osanaki haru no/ fude-hajime/ Naniwazu niou/ aojiku no ume
Poem by Shûhaien Akaki: Minazuru no/ chiyo no tameshi o/ hikizome no/ himekomatsu ni mo/ kayou koto no ne
Poem by Shûchôdô: Mikaikô/ Naniwa no haru no/ tsumagoto ni/ kyô uguisu no/ utau umegae
Keisai Eisen ga
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)
 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