Comic One Hundred Turns of the Rosary (Dôke hyakumanben), from the series One Hundred Wildnesses by Kyôsai (Kyôsai hyakkyô)

「狂斎百狂 どふけ百万遍」

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 3rd month
Artist Kawanabe Kyôsai (Japanese, 1831–1889)


Catalogue Raisonné

Oikawa, Clark & Forrer, Comic Genius: Kawanabe Kyôsai/Kyôsai giga kyôga ten (1996), #117; Clark, Demon of Painting (1993), #75; Ôta Memorial Museum of Art, Utagawa-ha (Kobijutsu special issue, 1986), #347; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 9 (1981), #202

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36 × 73.8 cm (14 3/16 × 29 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40055a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.22757VR (11.22757, 11.22758, 11.38601), 11.22759-61, 11.37044a-c, 11.40055a-c, 11.40056 (right sheet only)

Signed

Kyôsai (on right sheet), Seisei Kyôsai giga (on left sheet)
狂斎 惺々狂斎戯画

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 3 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:子三改
彫師:なし

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: 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