A Piece-of-cake Ken Game on New Year Morning (Saitan ochanoko ken): Actors Seki Sanjûrô III as Daihi no Jiroku, Nakamura Utaemon IV as the Candy Seller (Kashiuri) Ochanoko Debezô, and Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Senju no Mitehachi

「歳旦 お茶の子けん」「大悲の慈六」三台目関三十郎、「菓子うりお茶の子出べ蔵」四代目中村歌右衛門、「千手のみて八」十二代目市村羽左衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebisuya Jinbei (Nakajin) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 006-4175

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 25.9 cm (14 1/8 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40147

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.22471 (with dance instructions), 11.40147 (with text); related design by Kuniyoshi: 11.42135

Play (jôruri): Iroshina o Kaete Kenzake
Play (main feature): Tsuki no Ume Megumi no Kagekiyo
Theater: Nakamura
月梅摂景清(つきのうめめぐみのかげきよ)
色品替拳酒(いろしなをかえてけんざけ) 常磐津
中村 一番目四立
弘化05 (1848)・01・14

Signed

Hanmoto no ôju Ichiyôsai giga
梓元の應需一陽斎戯画

Markings

Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura
No blockcutter's mark
改印:村松、吉村
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