Attention to the Body in Shingaku Philosophy (Shingaku mi no yôjin)
about early 1860s
Artist Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904)
Vertical ôban diptych; 35.4 × 48.2 cm (13 15/16 × 19 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Two left sheets of incomplete triptych.
MFA impressions: 11.39753a-b (two left sheets only), 11.41141a-c (complete triptych)
Text by Kanagaki Robun. Each body part argues that it is the most important.
Ikkeisai Yoshiiku giga (on each sheet)
No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark
No publisher'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