Kuniyoshi: Actors and the Game of Ken
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Actors and the Game of Ken
“Three Countries’ Ken” (Sangoku ken). The actors Nakamura Utaemon IV, Ichimura Uzaemon XII and Seki Sanjuro II in a ken performance, gesticulating with their arms and hands. Above are instructions illustrating the dance moves. Ken was often played as a drinking game and was incorporated into several kabuki plays as a dance. They were very popular during the Tenpô Reforms. See Andon 83 for an article by Sepp Linhart.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Trimming a top and minor wormage near bottom.
Literature: See Linhart article in Andon 83.
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga