The Six Poetic Immortals in Modern Guise (Yatsushi Rokkasen)

「略六歌仙」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1796–98 (Kansei 8–10)
Artist Chôkôsai Eishô (Japanese, active 1780–1800), Publisher Yamaguchiya Chûemon (Chûsuke) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 8 (1980), Eishô list, #47; Brandt, Hosoda Eishi (1977), fig. 455, list no. A103

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 39.9 x 77.4 cm (15 11/16 x 30 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.24910-2

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.24910 (right), 11.24911 (center), 11.24912 (left)

Right sheet: Poems by Ariwara Narihira and Komachi, courtesan Hanaôgi of the Ôgiya
Center sheet: Poems by SôjôHenjô and Bun’ya Yasuhide, unidentified courtesan (title torn off)
Left sheet: Poems by Kisen Hôshi and Ôtomo no Kuronushi, courtesan Somenosuke of the Matsubaya

Signed

Eishô ga (on each sheet)
栄昌画

Markings

No censor's seal

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