Excitement for the People in the Ansei Era (Yo wa Ansei tami no nigiwai)

「世ハ安政民之賑」 (鯰絵)

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Miyao, Nihon no giga (1967), p. 162, fig. 5

Dimensions

Horizontal ôban; 27.6 x 36 cm (10 7/8 x 14 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38586

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

「それ人間の五道を守るも神仏の教えなるに、その道を忘れ貴賎ともにその恐ろしきいましめの欲の道に入りしゆえ、下万民を救わんと神や仏の相談にて、鹿島の神へお頼みゆえ、鹿島大神宮かなめ石を鯰に縛り付け、世の盛衰を直すべしとありければ、鯰はかしこまって、安政二年十月二日夜の四つ時、おん神のおつかいなりと、江戸をはじめとし凡十里四方あれちらせば、家を倒し、地を割り、出火することおびただし」
「ヤアヤア金持ちのぶんげんども、そのほか座頭に至るまでよく聞け・・貧乏人は年中苦しみどうしに苦しんで、いつまでたってもよくなるということがねえ・・神仏のお怒り強く、こんど世界太平にせよとの、天からの厳命なり、おどろくな、なげくな、金持ちどもみな自業自得なるぞ、これぞ下々安穏の平均だァ、騒ぐな騒ぐな、泣くことないぞ」

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