Artist: Toyohara Kunichika (豊原国周)

Print: The Ken Game of the Five Colors (五色けん - Itsu iro ken)

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Dates: created,1867
Dimensions: 28.5 in,13.9 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Kunichika hitsu
Publisher: Kikuya Ichibei
Carver: Hori Ei

Related links: Waseda University - the whole triptych; Waseda (right); Waseda (center); Waseda (left); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - the center and left panels;

Physical description:

Actors playing a ken game. This is from the play 'Pulling Out Spring Weeds' (Hikinukite haru no michikusa 引抜て春の道草) performed in 2/1867/ at the Morita Theater in Edo.

Right panel: Nakamura Nakazō III as Yomiuri and Sawamura Tosshō II as a chōnin;center panel: Bandō Hikosaburō V as the husband, Bandō Mitsugorō VI as the worker's wife Shigotoshi Nyōbō; left panel: Ōtani Tomoemon V as the worker Shigotoshi and Iwai Shijaku II as Komori