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Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Twisting the Nose of a Tengu at the Konpira Shrine at Toranomon (Toranomon Konpira jinja shussei tengu Ôtengu no hana o nejiran to su, above); Medicine Peddlers Startled by Gigantic Testes of Tanuki at Hiroo Plain in Azabu (Azabu Hiroo no hara Senkintan ô

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Ôju Yoshitoshi giga (above), Yoshitoshi giga (below)


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, Meiji era, 1881 (Meiji 14), January


Two horizontal chûban on uncut vertical ôban sheet

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