Round Four, Left Side (Yonban, hidari): Two Women, from the series Contest of Fowls (Toriawase)

「鳥合 四番左 」

Edo period
1825 (Bunsei 8)
Attributed to Ryûryûkyo Shinsai (Japanese, 1764?–1820)

Catalogue Raisonné

Other prints in the series: Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #s 184-5, with description of the series on p. 181; this design is not mentioned


Shikishiban; 21.7 x 18.7 cm (8 9/16 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink, color, and metallic pigment 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?)


Shinsai (but this signature looks odd and may have been added later)


Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection