Competition of Businesses That Were Hurt or Helped by the Earthquake (Iriyô oaida shôbai kurabe)

「入用御間商売競(いりようおあいだせうばいくらべ)」 (鯰絵)

Japanese
Edo period
about 1855 (Ansei 2)
Artist Unknown, Japanese


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.5 x 52.5 cm (14 3/8 x 20 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38616a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

People who are temporarily unemployed because of the earthquake (“Oaida”) side with the Kashima Deity, to the right; those who are doing well because of reconstruction activities (“Iriyô”) side with the earthquke catfish, to the left.

Inscription

かしま「わがいし
したにすミ
ながらるすを
だしぬき
うらぎり
したる
おお
なまづめ
はやく
あたまを
おさえろおさえろ
ミなミな「いへくにをうごかす
だいざいにん
いまわれわれが
うちとりませう
いづれもここがかん
じんかなめいしだぞへ
ぢしん「いま
たたかいを
くつがへす事
わかひれの
うちにありそれ
しよくにんども
かせげかせげ
むかいのたいしやうハ
大明じんと
あるからハ
ははアわかった
てもかしま
しい事
でハあるぞ
ひやうたん
らしい事を
いふないふな
しよく人「大しやうが
いせいをふる
われたで
こちとら
までが
しあわせしあわせ

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: 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