Competition of Businesses That Were Hurt or Helped by the Earthquake (Iriyô oaida shôbai kurabe)
about 1855 (Ansei 2)
Artist Unknown, Japanese
Vertical ôban diptych; 36.5 x 52.5 cm (14 3/8 x 20 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
People who are temporarily unemployed because of the earthquake (“Oaida”) side with the Kashima Deity, to the right; those who are doing well because of reconstruction activities (“Iriyô”) side with the earthquke catfish, to the left.
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