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Warriors Representing the Six Poetic Immortals (Mitate musha rokkasen)

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Gen no Sanmi Yorimasa as ... , Satsuma no Kami Tadanori as Yasuhide (R), Kenrei mon'in as Komachi, Udaijin Sanetomo as Narihira (C), Udaishô Yoritomo as Kuronushi, Kumagae Renshôbô [=Naozane] as Kisen (L)

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on left sheet only) 一勇斎国芳画

Marks

No censor's seal No blockcutter's mark

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

Japanese, Edo period, about 1839–41 (Tenpô 10–12)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kuniyoshi Project db; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T48

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.4 x 76.2 cm (14 3/4 x 30 in.)

Accession Number

11.38251a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints