Minazuru-hime as Ono no Komachi and Benkei as Kisen Hôshi, from the series Characters from the Life of Ushiwaka [Yoshitsune] as the Six Poetic Immortals (Ushiwaka Rokkasen)

「牛若六歌仙」 皆鶴姫の小野の小町、弁慶の喜撰法師

Edo period
1829 (Bunsei 12)
Artist Keisai Eisen (Japanese, 1790–1848)

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al., Reading Surimono (2008), #10; Keyes, Surimono (Spencer Museum cat., 1984), cat. no. 24; another print in the series: Kôbe Mus., Western Blue/Seiyô no ai (2007), #108; Marks, Japanese Woodblock Prints (2010), p. 131


Shikishiban; 20.9 x 17.9 cm (8 1/4 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 136.


Poem by Shûseitei Tsutaki: Benkei mo/ osanaki haru no/ fude-hajime/ Naniwazu niou/ aojiku no ume

Poem by Shûhaien Akaki: Minazuru no/ chiyo no tameshi o/ hikizome no/ himekomatsu ni mo/ kayou koto no ne

Poem by Shûchôdô: Mikaikô/ Naniwa no haru no/ tsumagoto ni/ kyô uguisu no/ utau umegae


Keisai Eisen 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)

[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