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A Human Textile Pattern to Stop You from Yawning: With Fourteen Bodies, It Looks Like Thirty-five People (Akubi dome jinbutsu sarasa, jûyonin no karada ni te sanjûgonin ni miyuru)

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Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga 一勇斎国芳戯画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) 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

Japanese, Edo period, about 1842 (Tenpô 13)

Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri 2011, #311; Suzuki 1992, #381; Inagaki, Edo no asobi-e (1988), #4


Horizontal ôban; 23.3 x 26.2 cm (9 3/16 x 10 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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