Yasuhide: The Wudu Mountains, from the series Six Poetic Immortals (Rokkasen)
「六歌仙 康秀 武都山」
Artist Utagawa Kuniyasu (Japanese, 1794–1832)
Shikishiban; 20.7 x 18.5 cm (8 1/8 x 7 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink, color, and metallic pigment on paper
Not On View
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.
Ippôsai Kuniyasu ga
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection