(1786 - 1865), and
Utagawa KUNIHISA II (1832- 1891)
Modern parody (mitate)about the 'Six (Immortal) Poets
and the Six Flowers (they represent)' (Furyu mitate rokkasen)
Signed: Toyokuni ga and Kunihisa ga
Carver: Yokokawa Tekejiro
Publisher: Ise-ya Kanekichi
Dated: Year of the Horse, 11th month (11/1858)
Size: oban hexaptych (36 x 25 cm / c. 14 1/8" x 10", each sheet,
six panels overall: c. 216 x 25 cms / 85" x 10".
EXCELLENT impression, colors and condition; unfaded,
brilliant colors, full paper size; six separate sheets as issued
retaining their original album backings.
ref. no.: #702563
Price: € 2,350.00
A six-panel composition, each of which depicts an actor and a flower. The name rokkasen
(containing the Chinese character for 'Flower') points to the "Six Best waka Poets" of
the 9th century (= 'rokkasen'; the word contains the Chinese character for 'Song/Poem'). They
are regarded as the geniuses of Japanese poetry and often were popular subject of mitate
(= comparison, parody). The characters used here, however, allow another reading: a selection
of 'six flowers', here: the peony depicted in the right panel.
The panels are numbered '1' through '6' from right to left. -