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The Ken Game of the Three Spinning Tops of Takezawa Baishô and Takezawa Tôji (Takezawa Baishô Tôji sankyoku ken)

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Refers to the performances with spinning tops presented at Ryôgoku Bridge by Takezawa Baishô (formerly Tôji) and his son Tôji (formerly Manjirô) from the 3rd month of 1849.


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga 一勇斎国芳戯画


Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Yoshimura Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take


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, 1849 (Kaei 2), 2nd month or 5th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Linhart, "Kuniyoshi's ken caricatures," Andon 83 (2008), list #45, fig. 10


Vertical ôban; 35.2 x 25 cm (13 7/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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