Ricecakes of Joy for Three Occupations (Sanshoku yorokobi mochi)

「三職よろこび餅」 (鯰絵)

Japanese
Edo period
about 1855 (Ansei 2)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 25 cm (14 5/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.29507.43

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29507.43, 11.38625

The three occupations who are happy because the earthquake has created work for them are construction workers (tobi), carpenters (daiku), and plasterers (sakan). The design is a parody of a very famous politlcal satire by Yoshitora, published in 1849; see 11.39729, 11.39730, 11.39731 (first ed., with seals), 11.39732 (first ed., with seals), 11.39737, 11.41423 .

Inscription

「なまづさん、おめいのおかげで、今年ァ、久しぶりで、たわらで米をかつて餅をつきやしたから、たんとあがってくたせいや」

Signed

[signature unread]

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