A Different Kind of Ken Game (Kawari ken): Actors Ichikawa Kuzô II as a Woman, Matsumoto Kôshirô VI as the Zenkô-ji Buddha, and Nakamura Utaemon IV as a Catfish (?)
「かわりけん」 二代目市川九蔵の女、六代目松本幸四郎の如来、四代目中村歌右衛門の鯰ヵ （鯰絵）
about 1847 (Kôka 4)
Artist Utagawa Kuniteru I (Sadashige) (Japanese, active about 1820–60)
Vertical ôban; 35.7 x 25.4 cm (14 1/16 x 10 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Refers to the Zenkô-ji earthquake of 1847, on the 24th day of the 3rd month.
Song: Sate wa Kennon Shinshû jishin ...
Sadashige aratame Kuniteru ga
No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark
No publisher's mark
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection