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Darkness Is But a Step Away (Issun saki wa yami), Dig a Pitfall, Make Two Holes (Hito o inoraba ana futatsu) (R); The Fruit of the Tree Is Known from Its Flowers (Mi no naru ki wa hana kara shireru), Fighting Like Dogs and Monkeys (Inu to saru) (L); ...

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MFA impressions: Uncut sheet: 11.45393.10 Right side only: 11.22643, 11.36995, 11.45800.42 Left side only: 11.22638, 11.37007 Album containing 50 designs (half of the series?): 11.45393.1-25


Kyôsai ga (on right side), Ôju Seisei Kyôsai (on left side) 狂斎画 応需惺々狂斎


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

... from the series One Hundred Pictures by Kyôsai (Kyôsai hyakuzu)

Japanese, Edo period, 1863–66 (Bunkyû 3–Keiô 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Tokita, E de tanoshimu Edo no kotowaza (2005), p. 202 (right side only); Oikawa, Clark & Forrer, Comic Genius: Kawanabe Kyôsai/Kyôsai giga kyôga ten (1996), #122-7 (right side only)


Two vertical yotsugiri (quarter ôban) on uncut horizontal chûban sheet; 18.1 x 24 cm (7 1/8 x 9 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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