Artist: Kitagawa Utamaro (喜多川歌麿)

Print: Ariwara Narihira and Ono no Komachi (在原業平と小野小町) from the series Five Colors of Love for the Six Poetic Immortals (Go shiki zome rokkasen - 五色染六歌仙) 

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Dates: circa 1798,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,11.875 in,Overall dimensions

Signed: Utamaro hitsu (哥麿筆)
Publisher: Yama-Jin
(Marks U384 seal 02-042)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art - Sōjō Henjō Slipping a Letter into a Woman’s Sleeve; Public Domain Museum of Art - another poet with a bijin; Public Domain Museum of Art - another print from this series;

Physical description:

Ariwara no Narihira (825-80) was a famous poet and lover. He was said to have made love to 3733 women in his lifetime and possibly a few men and boys, too.

Listed in Hickmann 1978, #512, which dates this series about 1798.


The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has five prints using the same publisher's seal as this print in the Lyon Collection. The museum refers to their publisher as 'Kagaya'.

Marks notes in his entry on Yama-jin: "Name assigned according to seal shape. Sometimes called Kagaya."


There is another copy of this print in the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum (日本浮世絵博物館).

Illustrated in a small black and white reproduction in the Illustrated Catalogues of Tokyo National Museum: Ukiyo-e Prints (2), #2041. (This print was not illustrated online as of November, 2019.)