Actors Onoe Baikô IV as Ono no Komachi and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Kisen Hôshi, from the series The Six Poetic Immortals (Rokkasen)

「六歌仙」 「小野乃小町」四代目尾上梅幸 「喜せん法師」初代中村福助

Japanese
Edo period
1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.2 x 25 cm (14 1/4 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44159

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29188, 11.44159

Play (Jôruri): Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori
Play (main feature): Kanadehon Chûshingura
Theater: Ichimura
仮名手本忠臣蔵(かなでほんちゅうしんぐら)
六歌仙体綵(ろっかせんすがたのいろどり)、清元、義太夫、長唄
市村、二番目大切
 1854、嘉永07、05・15

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 4
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、寅四
彫師:なし

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