A Ken Game in Hell (Jigoku ken): Actors Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Kobayashi no Asaina, Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Enma Daiô, and Seki Sanjûrô III as Sai no Kawara no Jizôson

「地獄けん」 四代目市川小団次の小林の朝比奈、初代河原崎権十郎の閻魔大王、三代目関三十郎の賽の川原の地蔵尊

Japanese
Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.2 x 24.4 cm (13 7/8 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.40148

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, finale of Part 1): Jôdo Sugoroku Furu ya Sainichi
Play (main feature): Sannin Kichiza Kuruwa no Hatsugai
Theater: Ichimura
浄土双六振斎日(じょうどすごろくふるやさいにち) 常磐津
三人吉三廓初買(さんにんきちさくるわのはつがい)
市村、一番目大詰
 1860、安政07、01・14

役名は辻番付より補う。

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
応需豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Monkey 2 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:申二改
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