Poems by Sei Shônagon and Izumi Shikibu, from the series Fashionable Six Female Poetic Immortals (Fûryû onna Rokkasen), by the Kyoto Doll Artist (Kyôto ningyôshi) Ôishi Ganryûsai Yoshihiro

「京都人形師 大石眼竜斎吉弘」「風流女六歌仙 清少納言 和泉式部」

Japanese
Edo period
1853 (Kaei 6), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshifuji (Japanese, 1828–1889), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

http://blog.livedoor.jp/misemono/archives/cat_50049045.html; Konishi, Nishiki-e Bakumatsu Meiji no rekishi 1 (1977), p. 25

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.3 × 25.3 cm (14 5/16 × 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.37347

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

An exhibition of life-sized dolls that was shown at Ryôgoku from the 5th month of 1853 showed present-day women representing classical poems by six female poets. The MFA has three designs by two artists, apparently from the same series: 11.37347 by Yoshifuji, and 11.37131 (duplicate 11.37974) and 11.38122 by Kuniyoshi, and a flier for the exhibition, 11.45606.

Signed

Ippôsai Yoshifuji ga
一鵬斎芳藤画

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu, Ox 6
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Shôjirô
改印:福、村松、丑六
彫師:彫工庄治朗

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