The Fox Ken Game of Osaka (Ôsaka kitsune ken): Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV and Onoe Tamizô II (?)
1849 (Kaei 2)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)
Linhart, "Kuniyoshi's ken caricatures," Andon 83 (2008), p. 23, translation of poem (this print not listed)
Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 25 cm (14 x 9 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Publisher’s mark: Hanmoto Tora, not found in Marks. Possibly the Osaka publisher Uchida Torazô, active about 1855-65, Marks #559; but the censors’ seals indicate that this is an Edo print.
Song: Kumo ni/ kakehashi/ kasumi ni senzuru/ oyobi nai tote ...
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu
No blockcutter'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