A fortune-teller's table is overturned by fighting street dogs. The dogs are drawn as composites, with one head connected to two or three bodies, so that counting the dogs becomes a puzzle.
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga 一勇斎国芳戯画
Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura No blockcutter's mark No publisher's mark 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:  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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Japanese, Edo period, 1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
- Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1797–1861
Salter, Japanese Popular Prints (2006), p. 139, fig. 146; Inagaki, Edo no asobi-e (1988), #55
Vertical ôban; 37 x 25 cm (14 9/16 x 9 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper