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Sangoku ken 三国拳 (Ken Game of the Three Countries)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2008,3037.06501

  • Title (series)

    • Sangoku ken 三国拳 (Ken Game of the Three Countries)
  • Description

    Woodblock print, oban tate-e. Left to right: Nakamura Utaemon IV (representing China as Koshi (Confucius)), Seki Sanjuro (representing India as Shaka (the historical Buddha)), Ichimura Uzaemon XII (representing Japan as Amaterasu (the Sun Goddess)).

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1847-1848
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 36.6 centimetres
    • Width: 25.4 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga
      • Inscription Translation

        Drawn by Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi
      • Inscription Comment

        artist's
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Omiya Heihachi
      • Inscription Comment

        publisher's
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Muramatsu
      • Inscription Comment

        censor's
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Yoshimura
      • Inscription Comment

        censor's
  • Curator's comments

    This series features ctors portraying China, India, and Japan playing 'ken', a game involving various hand and body gestures, similar to 'rock, scissors, paper'.

  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2008

  • Acquisition notes

    Credit Line: Gift of Prof. Arthur R. Miller to the American Friends of the British Museum

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    2008,3037.06501

  • Additional IDs

    • 06501 (Miller Collection number)

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