Poem by Sôjô Henjô: Actor Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Motome, from the series Matches for the Six Poetic Immortals (Mitate Rokkasen)
「見立六歌仙 僧正遍昭 もとめ」初代河原崎権十郎
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
Poem (Kokinshû 27): Asamidori/ ito yorikakete/ shiratsuyu o/ tama ni mo nukeru/ haru no yanagi ka
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (main image); Kunihisa ga (inset)
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