An Ôtsu Ballad of Collapsing (Ôtsu bure bushi)

「大津ぶれぶし」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1855 (Ansei 2)


Catalogue Raisonné

U. of Tokyo, Nyûsu no tanjô (1999), p. 195, fig. 204

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 25 cm (14 5/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.29507.31

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Wordplay on Ôtsu bushi, “Ôtsu ballad,” and the verb tsubureru “collapse, be crushed, be destroyed” (as in the earthquake).

Inscription

大津ぶれぶし

「たいそふ
おしつぶれ
火事出来
たいがいゆりくずし
仮たくおやまハ無事(ぶじ)の花
わらんじハ高(たか)くなり
土蔵の鉢(はち)まき皆(ミな)ふるひ
ぎやうてんし
土をばたかくつみあげて
あら木の板(いた)も直売して金もうけ
職人手間をバおさへ取り
役者(やくしや)のこんきう旅(たび)を売(う)り
かね持ほどこし跡(あと)よからふ

Signed

Unsigned
無款

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

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