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The Fashionable Six Poetic Immortals (Fûryû Rokkasen), from right: Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as Bishop Henjô, Bun'ya no Yasuhide, and Priest Kisen; Nakayama Nanshi II as Ono no Komachi; and Nakamura Utaemon IV as Ariwara Narihira and Ôtomo Kuronushi

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MFA impressions: 08.541.6a-b (4 and 5 only), 11.35606a-f (complete hexaptych), 11.35607 (5 only), 11.41973a-b (1 and 2 only), 11.41998a-f (complete hexaptych) Play: Rokkasen Theater: Naka


Hirosada (on each sheet) 広貞


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1852 (Kaei 5), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 108; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #425; Keyes, PMA cat. (1973), #119 (no photo)


Vertical chûban hexaptych; 25 x 109.3 cm (9 13/16 x 43 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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