Parody of the Six Poetic Immortals

見立て六歌仙

Japanese
Edo period
about 1792–93 (Kansei 4–5)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #076; Jenkins et al, The Floating World Revisited (1993), #IV-11; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #17.1.1, 17.2, and pls. 108-9; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 8.1.3-4

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 38.1 x 49.6 cm (15 x 19 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.14190, 11.14475

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.14190 (right), 11.14475 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.14190VR (11.14190, 11.14475), 21.7433-4

Signed

Utamaro ga
歌麿画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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