The Ken Game of the Three Countries (Sangoku ken): Actors Ichimura Uzaemon XII (in front) as the Ise Shrine of Japan (Nihon Daijingû), Nakamura Utaemon IV (at left) as the Buddha in India (Tenjiku Shaka), and Seki Sanjûrô III (in back) as Confucius in Chi

「日本 大神宮」十二代目市村羽左衛門、「天竺 釈迦」四代目中村歌右衛、「唐土 孔子」三代目関三十郎 「三国拳」

Japanese
Edo period
1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Fujiokaya Keijirô (Shôrindô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Linhart, "Kuniyoshi's ken caricatures," Andon 83 (2008), list #31 (no photo); p. 20, translation of poem

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.2 x 25 cm (14 5/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.16599

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.16599, 11.28862, 11.39684

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

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: August 3, 1911)

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