No. 2 of a Triptych (Sanban tsuzuki, sono ni), from the series Contest of Fowls (Toriawase)

「鶏合 三番続 其二」

Edo period
1825 (Bunsei 8)
Artist Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)

Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), with description of the series on p. 181 and photo of this design on p. 182; other prints in the series, #s 184-5


Shikishiban; 21 x 18 cm (8 1/4 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



The series apparently consisted of a total of 15 sheets by three different artists. Twelve sheets by Kunisada and Shinsai used the format of a poetry contest between Left and Right sides, in six rounds, with subtitles based on the names of varieties of chickens. There was also a triptych by Hokkei showing a cockfight.
MFA prints from the series: 00.1916 (by Hokkei), 11.19892 (by Kunisada), and 21.9261 (by Shinsai?)


Ôju Hokkei hitsu


January 1900, purchased at the Brinkley-Condor Sale by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Accession Date: January 9, 1900)

Credit Line

General Funds