Poem by Ariwara Narihira: Actor Nakamura Fukusuke I as Asazuma, from the series Matches for the Six Poetic Immortals (Mitate Rokkasen)

「見立六歌仙 在原業平 朝妻」初代中村福助

Japanese
Edo period
1858 (Ansei 5), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Utagawa Kunihisa II (Japanese, 1832–1891), Publisher Yamazakiya Seishichi (Japanese), Or Shimizuya Naojirô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 24.8 cm (14 3/8 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.42582

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Publisher: Yamazakiya Seishichi or Shimizuya Naojirô?

The complete series: 11.42579-84

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche; Kunihisa ga

豊国画(年玉枠)、国久画

Markings

Censor's seal: Horse 5
No blockcutter's mark

改印:午五
彫師: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: January 19, 2005)

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