The Imitation Narihira (Gisu Narihira): Actor Iwai Kumesaburô III as Shirai Gonpachi, from the series Selected Underworld Characters for the Six Poetic Immortals (Mitate shiranami rokkasen)

「見立白波六歌撰 偽ス業平」 「白井権八」 三代目岩井粂三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Hiranoya Shinzô (Aikindô)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.2 x 24.4 cm (13 7/8 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.40310

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

任好豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 4 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印:酉四改
彫師:彫竹

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