The Demon's Head Leads the Parade (Onigashira Tennô), from the series One Hundred Pictures by Kyôsai (Kyôsai hyakuzu)
1863–66 (Bunkyû 3–Keiô 2)
Kaikan sanjû shûnen kinen Kawanabe Kyôsai kinen bijutsukan cat. (2008), p. 103, #0787 (sheet of 4)
Vertical yotsugiri (quarter ôban); H. 17.3 cm (6 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
“Demon’s Head” (Onigashira) is a term for a pole with a decorative tassel, but here it is interpreted literally, as in the story of the Shutendôji.
Ôju Seisei Kyôsai
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