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The Fox Ken Game of Osaka (Ôsaka kitsune ken): Actors as foxes

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Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画


Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Fukushima 改印: 村松、福


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, 1849 (Kaei 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Linhart, "Kuniyoshi's ken caricatures," Andon 83 (2008), p. 23, translation of poem (this print not listed)


Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 25 cm (14 x 9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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