Effective Medicines (Yoku kiku yakushu): Battle of Medicines and Disease Demons

「よくきく薬種」

Japanese
Edo period
1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
Artist Ichirentei Kansai (Japanese, active about 1848–1854), Publisher Ebisuya Jinbei (Nakajin) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mem. Mus., Edo yôkai dai zukan (2014), #80; Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #55; Dai yôkai ten (2000), #87

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.5 x 76.1 cm (14 3/4 x 29 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.37172a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

「前に出版せし売薬病闘争の戯画殊の外御意にかなひ依てそれにもれたる病ひ薬等猶画師の工夫をもって爰にあらハす尤其品あまたなれバ画表にのせ尽しがたく此余ハつゞいて発行の分にもらさず図するなりされども甲乙の違等ハよろしく御高覧の程希上候」

Signed

Kansai giga
関斎戯画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
No blockcutter's mark
改印:米良、村田
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