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The Ken Game of the Three Countries (Sangoku ken): Actors Ichimura Uzaemon XII (representing Confucius in China), Nakamura Utaemon IV (representing the Buddha in India), and Seki Sanjûrô III (representing the Ise Shrine in Japan)

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Inscription

おまへ女の名でお伊勢さん。神楽がお好きでとっぴきぴィのぴひ。獅子は唐土孔子さま。てんてん天ぢくおしゃかさま。丸くおさまる三ごくけん。なんのこったじゃぶじゃぶお髭をなでなで。くるりと廻って一拳しょ

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

Marks

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome

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, 1849 (Kaei 2), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

Linhart, "Kuniyoshi's ken caricatures," Andon 83 (2008), list #40 (no photo); p. 20, translation of poem

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.2 x 24.2 cm (13 7/8 x 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.42128

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints