Contest of Flowers, A Game of Go (Hana kurabe gokaku no torikumi): Actors Bandô Takesaburô I (R), Iwai Kumesaburô III (C), Nakamura Fukusuke I (L)

「花競碁嘉久濃☆(はなくらべごかくのとりくみ)」初代坂東竹三郎  三代目岩井粂三郎  初代中村福助

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.7 x 77 cm (14 1/16 x 30 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44171a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

見立

Inscription

「三亭春馬題 勝まけのつかぬ合碁にさかづきの水を入れてぞひきわけにする」

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 6
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、卯六
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