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A Comical Ken Game (Dôke ken awase)

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MFA impressions: 11.28752, 11.28863, 11.37135 Ichikawa Kuzô II as a tiger, Nakamura Utaemon IV as a toad, and Matsumoto Kôshirô VI as a fox


Sake wa kenzake/ iroshina wa/ kairu hitohyoko mihyokohyoko/ hebi nura nura/ nameku de mairimasho/ sore janjaka janjaka janken na/ basama ni/ Watônai ga shikarareta/ tora wa hau hau/ totetsuruten/ kitsune de saa kinase


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga 一勇斎国芳戯画


Censors' seals: Murata, Mera


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, 1847 (Kôka 4), 2nd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Linhart, "Interpreting...," in Japan at Play (2002), translation of poem p. 35 (this print not shown)


Vertical ôban; 37 x 25.2 cm (14 9/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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