Tanuki Hunting with Nets (Tanuki no amiuchi) (T) and Street Scene of Tanuki (Tanuki no ôrai) (B), from an untitled series of Tanuki (Raccoon-dogs)

狸の戯画 「狸のあみ打ち」 「狸のおふらい(=往来)」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1843–44 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 1)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kazusaya Iwazô (Iwakichi) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), #24; other prints in the series: Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #s 15-24

Dimensions

Two horizontal chûban on uncut vertical ôban sheet; 35.4 x 23.2 cm (13 15/16 x 9 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.36666

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

In Japanese folklore, the racoon-dog (tanuki) is said to have a magically expandable scrotum.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

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