Tanuki Fortuneteller (Tanuki no uranai) (T) and Tanuki Shop Signs (Tanuki no kanban) (B), from an untitled series of Tanuki (Raccoon-dogs)
狸の戯画 「狸のうらない」 「狸のかんばん」
Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), #21; other prints in the series: Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #s 15-24
Two horizontal chûban on uncut vertical ôban sheet; 35.5 x 23.8 cm (14 x 9 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
In Japanese folklore, the racoon-dog (tanuki) is said to have a magically expandable scrotum.
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga (on each design)
No censors' seal
No blockcutter's mark
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection