Teach Yourself the Ken Game of the Three Countries (Sangoku ken o sono mama ni hitori keiko): Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV playing the shamisen
「三国拳を そのまゝに 独けいこ」 四代目中村歌右衛
1849 (Kaei 2), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)
Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.8 cm (14 x 9 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Song: Omae onna de, O-Isesama kagura ga osuki de, ...
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi 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