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You Can't Help Getting Tied Up In Long Things (Nagai mono ni wa makarero), from the series One Hundred Pictures by Kyôsai (Kyôsai hyakuzu)

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MFA impressions: Uncut sheet: 11.45393.13 Right side only: 11.37023 Left side only: 11.37032


Kyôsai 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Oikawa, Clark & Forrer, Comic Genius: Kawanabe Kyôsai/Kyôsai giga kyôga ten (1996), #122-2


Vertical yotsugiri (quarter ôban)

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Medium or Technique

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