Times and Circumstances (Tokiyo jisetsu): ThIngs You Need Right Now (Tôsei mochiiru mono) versus Things You Don't Need Any More (Tôsei oaida na mono), in the form of a sumô wrestling program (banzuke)

「時世時節(=廓ヵ)」「当時もちいる物」「当時をあいだな物」 (見立番付)

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


Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.29507.61

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29507.61, 11.38662, 11.38665

The fourth character in the title is written in a way that makes it resembles the character for “the pleasure quarter (kuruwa);” the resemblance may be deliberate.

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: 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