Poem by Ariwara Narihira: Actor Nakamura Fukusuke I as Asazuma, from the series Matches for the Six Poetic Immortals (Mitate Rokkasen)
「見立六歌仙 在原業平 朝妻」初代中村福助
1858 (Ansei 5), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Utagawa Kunihisa II (Japanese, 1832–1891), Publisher Yamazakiya Seishichi (Japanese), Or Shimizuya Naojirô (Japanese)
Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 24.8 cm (14 3/8 x 9 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Publisher: Yamazakiya Seishichi or Shimizuya Naojirô?
The complete series: 11.42579-84
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche; Kunihisa ga
Censor's seal: Horse 5
No blockcutter's mark
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)
 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