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Saint Mayouwa Says Indecisiveness Is Bad (Mayou wa son ja), from the series Sixteen Wonderful Considerations of Profit (Myô densu jûroku rikan)

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Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga 一勇斎国芳戯画


Censor's seal: Murata Artist's seal: kiri


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, about 1845 (Kôka 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #140; the series: Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), list #103


Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 24.9 cm (14 3/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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