Beware the Dance of the Catfish; A Magic Spell for Avoiding Earthquakes (Manzairaku mi no yôshin, jishin yoke no majinai)

「万歳楽身の用心」 「地震除の呪(じしんよけのまじない)」 (鯰絵)

Japanese
Edo period
about 1855 (Ansei 2)


Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.29507.42

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

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