Entangled Balls (Kindama motsurikata), An Inept Dilettante (Heta no yokozuki), from the series One Hundred Pictures by Kyôsai (Kyôsai hyakuzu)

狂斎百図 「金玉モツリ方」 「下手のよこずき」

Japanese
Edo period
1863–66 (Bunkyû 3–Keiô 2)
Artist Kawanabe Kyôsai (Japanese, 1831–1889)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kaikan sanjû shûnen kinen Kawanabe Kyôsai kinen bijutsukan cat. (2008), p. 102, #0773 (sheet of 4); Clark, Demon of Painting (1993), p. 20, fig. 7

Dimensions

Vertical yotsugiri (quarter ôban); 18.4 x 12.6 cm (7 1/4 x 4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.22641

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: 11.45393.21
Right side only: 11.22646, 11.36997
Left side only: 11.22641, 11.37000

Signed

Kyôsai (on painting)
狂斎

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