White Sake for Otafuku (Otafuku ni shirozake), No Medicine for Foolishness (Baka ni tsukeru yaku wa nai) (R); Hiding the Head But Not the Butt (Atama kakushite, shiri kakusazu) (L); from the series One Hundred Pictures by Kyôsai (Kyôsai hyakuzu)

狂斎百図 「おたふくに白酒」 「ばかにつける薬はない」  「あたまかくして尻かくさず」

Edo period
1866 (Keiô 2), 9th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kaikan sanjû shûnen kinen Kawanabe Kyôsai kinen bijutsukan cat. (2008), p. 103, #0791 (sheet of 4); Tokita, E de tanoshimu Edo no kotowaza (2005), p. 34 (detail of R); Oikawa, Clark & Forrer, Kyôsai giga kyôga ten (1996), #122-8 (L)


Two vertical yotsugiri (quarter ôban) on uncut horizontal chûban sheet; 18.1 x 24 cm (7 1/8 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions:
Uncut sheet: 11.45393.23
Right side only: 11.22657, 11.36975, 11.45800.32
Left side only: 11.22648, 11.36981, 11.45800.52

Album containing 50 designs (half of the series?): 11.45393.1-25


Seisei Kyôsai (right side), Kyôsai (left side)
惺々狂斎 狂斎


Censor's seal: Tiger 9 aratame (on right side)
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)

[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