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Cat with Head in Bag (above); Cats Attacking Mice (below); from the series The War of Cats and Mice (Neko nezumi kassen)

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Three prints from the set, possibly a triptych: 11.37779, 11.37780, 11.37781


Yoshitoshi giga (above), Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi giga (below) 芳年戯画 一魁斎芳年戯画


Censor's seal: Goat 9 aratame No blockcutter's mark


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) 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, 1859 (Ansei 6), 9th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Newland, Yoshitoshi (2011), p. 157, list #1


Two horizontal chûban on uncut vertical ôban sheet

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Medium or Technique

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