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Sôjôbô as Sôjô Henjo and Ushiwaka as Ariwara no Narihira, from the series Characters from the Life of Ushiwaka [Yoshitsune] as the Six Poetic Immortals (Ushiwaka Rokkasen)

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Keisai Eisen ga 渓斎英泉画


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) 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

Japanese, Edo period, 1829 (Bunsei 12)

Catalogue Raisonné

Keyes, Surimono (Spencer Museum cat., 1984), cat. no. 23; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 33; another print in the series: Kôbe Mus., Western Blue/Seiyô no ai (2007), #108


Shikishiban; 20.9 x 18 cm (8 1/4 x 7 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper