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道化拳合 Dōke ken awase (Comic handgames) (caricatures of actors as three animals playing ken)
  • Utagawa Kuniyoshi
    1797–1861
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • 道化拳合 Dōke ken awase (Comic handgames) (caricatures of actors as three animals playing ken), 1847, 2nd month, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 342.9 x 241.3 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of H. Lee Turner
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0001.052
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Caricatures of three kabuki actors playing a handgame called ken. Fox in brown and black kneeling in the lower left. Frog with turquoise and black robe at center. Tiger in blue and white in the lower right. Writing at top names the animals in a comic verse and was to accompany the game. The actors were Nakamura Utaemon IV (1798-1852), Kinshō, and Ichikawa Kyūzō, who originally popularized the game of ken in the play Kurabe utate miwa no Aizuchi, played at the Kawarazakiza in Edo from January 22, 1847.