Eight Tengu Versus a Little Boy (Kobôzu ni tengu hachinin), Fugu Is Delicious But Life Is Sweet (Fugu wa kuitashi inochi wa oshishi) (R); A Buddha in Hell (Jigoku de hotoke) (L); from the series One Hundred Pictures by Kyôsai (Kyôsai hyakuzu)

狂斎百図 「小坊主に天狗八人」 「ふぐは食たし命はおしゝ」  「地獄デ仏」

Japanese
Edo period
1866 (Keiô 2), 9th month


Catalogue Raisonné

Kaikan sanjû shûnen kinen Kawanabe Kyôsai kinen bijutsukan cat. (2008), p. 103, #0772 (sheet of 4); Oikawa and Yamaguchi, Kyôsai no giga (1992), #s 93 (L) and 98 (R)

Dimensions

Two vertical yotsugiri (quarter ôban) on uncut horizontal chûban sheet; 18.1 x 24 cm (7 1/8 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45393.3

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions:
Uncut sheet: 11.45393.3
Right side only: 11.22650, 11.36973, 11.45800.53
Left side only: 11.36968

Album containing 50 designs (half of the series?): 11.45393.1-25

Signed

Kyôsai (right side), unsigned (left side)
狂斎

Markings

Censor's seal: Tiger 9 aratame (on right side)
No blockcutter's mark
No publisher's mark
改印:寅九改
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