Poems by Uma no Naishi and Shôshô no Naishi, from the series Fashionable Six Female Poetic Immortals (Fûryû onna Rokkasen), by the Kyoto Doll Artist (Kyôto ningyôshi) Ôishi Ganryûsai Yoshihiro

「京都人形師 大石眼竜斎吉弘」「風流女六歌仙 馬内侍 少将内侍」

Japanese
Edo period
1853 (Kaei 6), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Tsuge Shôjirô (Hori Shôji) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #132

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.8 x 24.8 cm (14 1/2 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.37131

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.37131, 11.37974

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.

Inscription

「当八十八老翁作東両国におゐて大あたりゝゝ」
「(君)しまれ道のゆきゝをさだむらんすきにし人をかつわすれつゝ」と少将内侍の「□□のいとしふかべき里はあれど月のすむのとなりにける哉」

Signed

Kuniyoshi ga
国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu, Ox 6
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Shôji
改印:福、村松、丑六
彫師:彫庄治

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