The Ken Game of the Three Spinning Tops of Takezawa Baishô and Takezawa Tôji (Takezawa Baishô Tôji sankyoku ken)

「竹沢 梅升 藤治 三曲拳」

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2), 2nd month or 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Hayashiya Shôgorô (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Catalogue Raisonné

http://blog.livedoor.jp/misemono/archives/cat_50048997.html; Linhart, "Kuniyoshi's ken caricatures," Andon 83 (2008), list #45, fig. 10

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.2 x 25 cm (13 7/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42134

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Refers to the performances with spinning tops presented at Ryôgoku Bridge by Takezawa Baishô (formerly Tôji) and his son Tôji (formerly Manjirô) from the 3rd month of 1849.

Inscription

「道外〽おまへあんまの名で徳市さん、木琴がおすきで、かんころりんのりん。琴ハ誠にてうし[調子]よく、天てん天ぢくは神なりさん。たいこ打こむ三曲けん。なんのこつた、ごろ〳〵くる〳〵廻つて 一拳しよ」

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga
一勇斎国芳戯画

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Yoshimura
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
改印:衣笠、吉村
彫師:彫竹

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection