Yasuhide: The Wudu Mountains, from the series Six Poetic Immortals (Rokkasen)

「六歌仙 康秀 武都山」

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Utagawa Kuniyasu (Japanese, 1794–1832)


Dimensions

Shikishiban; 20.7 x 18.5 cm (8 1/8 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.19919

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink, color, and metallic pigment on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The Wudu Mountains are mentioned in The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a Chinese historical novel that was also well-known in Japan. The relevance of a Chinese place name to the theme of Japanese poetry is not clear; it may have had a personal meaning for the customer who commissioned this privately-printed work.

Signed

Ippôsai Kuniyasu ga
一鳳斎国安画

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