Warriors Representing the Six Poetic Immortals (Mitate musha rokkasen)

「見立武者六歌仙」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1839–41 (Tenpô 10–12)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kuniyoshi Project db; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T48

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.4 x 76.2 cm (14 3/4 x 30 in.)

Accession Number

11.38251a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Gen no Sanmi Yorimasa as … , Satsuma no Kami Tadanori as Yasuhide (R), Kenrei mon’in as Komachi, Udaijin Sanetomo as Narihira (C), Udaishô Yoritomo as Kuronushi, Kumagae Renshôbô [=Naozane] as Kisen (L)

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on left sheet only)

一勇斎国芳画

Markings

No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark

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