The Ken Game of the Three Countries (Sangoku ken): Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV, Seki Sanjûrô III, and Ichimura Uzaemon XII

「三国拳」 四代目中村歌右衛門、三代目関三十郎、十二代目市村羽左衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ôtaya Takichi (Hori Takichi) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Linhart, "Interpreting...," in Japan at Play (2002), translation of poem p. 46 (this print not shown)

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.42131

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa): Shinki Ikken Tori no Hatsugoe (A Ken Game with New Rules to the First Cry of the Cock)
Play (main feature): Aoto Banashi
Theater: Ichimura

Inscription

Song: Omae onna no na de O-Isesan, kagura ga osuki de toppiki pii no pii, shishi wa Morokoshi Kôshi-sama, Ten-Ten-Tenjiku o Shaka-sama, maruku osamaru sangokuken, nan no kotta jabujabu ohige o nadenade, kururi to mawatte ikken shiyo
おまへ女の名でお伊勢さん。神楽がお好きでとっぴきぴィのぴひ。獅子は唐土孔子さま。てんてん天ぢくおしゃかさま。丸くおさまる三ごくけん。なんのこったじゃぶじゃぶお髭をなでなで。くるりと廻って一拳しょ

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome
No blockcutter's mark
改印:浜、馬込
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