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Entangled Balls (Kindama motsurikata), An Inept Dilettante (Heta no yokozuki) (L); from the series One Hundred Pictures by Kyôsai (Kyôsai hyakuzu)

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MFA impressions: Uncut sheet: 11.45393.21 Right side only: 11.22646, 11.36997 Left side only: 11.22641, 11.37000 Album containing 50 designs (half of the series?): 11.45393.1-25


Kyôsai (right side), Kyôsai (on painting, left side) 狂斎


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

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


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