The Fox Ken Game of Osaka (Ôsaka kitsune ken): Actors as foxes

「大阪きつねけん」

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)


Catalogue Raisonné

Linhart, "Kuniyoshi's ken caricatures," Andon 83 (2008), p. 23, translation of poem (this print not listed)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 25 cm (14 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42137

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

Song: Kumo ni/ kakehashi/ kasumi ni. senzuru/

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga

一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu
No blockcutter's mark

改印:福、村松
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