A Ken Game for Good Fortune in the New Year of the Monkey (Iroma sarutoshi haru no kotobuki ocha no ko ken): Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as a pine tree, Ichikawa Kuzô II as a turtle, and Seki Sanjûrô III as a crane

「色真申歳 春の寿き お茶のこけん」 四代目中村歌右衛門、二代目市川九蔵の亀、三代目関三十郎の鶴

Japanese
Edo period
1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Linhart, "Kuniyoshi's ken caricatures," Andon 83 (2008), list #28 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 26.3 cm (14 1/8 x 10 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.42135

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Matsu wa kame ni katsu, kame was tsuru ni katsu, tsuru wa matsu ni katsu

Inscription

Song: Takasago no/ Aioi matsu no/ sono shita de/ tsuuru to kaame ga/ mai o mau/ oie mo takara mo irifune ...

Signed

Mata okabu de Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Kinugasa
No blockcutter's mark
改印:浜、衣笠
彫師:なし

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